According to the Health and Safety Executive, lone workers are ‘those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision’. The category includes workers who work alone on site (e.g. a security guard or the sole assistant in a shop), those working away from base (e.g. postal workers or health visitors), and those working at home. Lone workers may be exposed to particular health and safety risks, including risk of assault (see violence at work). In addition, if they suffer an accident at work they may not be able to raise the alarm. Risk assessments conducted as part of health and safety management should consider the specific hazards faced by lone workers, including the particular risks faced by women or young workers. Measures to minimize risks can include issuing personal alarms and maintaining accurate records of staff whereabouts.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.