Lone Working

Lone working should be avoided if at all possible, because of the increased risks it may pose. However, it is recognised that there may be situations where lone working can not be avoided.

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.


Further Guidances