Employers have a legal duty to assess all risks to health and safety, including the risk of lone working. If the risk assessment shows that it is not possible for the work to be done safely by a lone worker, then other arrangements must be put in place.
Steps to take when assessing lone working include:
- Identify the Hazard
- Evaluate the risk
- Control Measures
- Monitor and review
Things you could consider to help ensure lone workers are not put at risk include:
- assessing areas of risk including violence, manual handling, the medical suitability of the individual to work alone and whether the workplace itself presents a risk to them;
- requirements for training, levels of experience and how best to monitor and supervise them;
- making sure you know what is happening, including having systems in place to keep in touch with them.
- Working Alone: Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working (Health and Safety Executive)
- Guidance on Lone working in HE (.pdf) Very useful guide with worked examples
- INDG73(rev) Lone Working (.pdf)
- Lone Working: A guide for safety representatives (.pdf)
- General Risk Assessment Form (.doc)