Lone worker

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A Lone Worker (LW) is an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers without close or direct supervision.[1] Such staff may be exposed to risk because there is no-one to assist them and so a risk assessment may be required.[2][3][4]

Examples of lone workers[edit]

There are different types of lone workers including:

Countries with lone worker legislation[edit]

The following countries have enacted lone worker legislation:

In Australia[edit]

Australia has legislation regarding lone workers and their employers.

In Canada[edit]

Some of the Provinces in Canada have enacted legislation regarding employer's responsibility towards Lone Workers.


Additional Province-issued documents include:

British Columbia[edit]



In France[edit]

France has enacted laws protecting lone workers.

In Germany[edit]

Germany has codified laws mandating when it is legal to work alone and how those workers must be protected.

In Spain[edit]

Spain has codified laws governing the protection of lone workers.

In the United Kingdom[edit]

The UK has specific legislation and standards that are relevant to Lone Workers and their Employers.

Managing lone workers[edit]

Common practices used by companies to manage the personal safety of their Lone Workers are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1], BSIA Lone Workers guide for Employers
  2. ^ Phil Hughes, Ed Ferrett (2009), "Lone workers", Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 117, ISBN 978-1-85617-668-2 
  3. ^ [2], NHS Lone Working Guidance Section 3.3
  4. ^ [3], NHS Lone Working Guidance Section 3.3
  5. ^ [4], Guidance Note, Working Alone
  6. ^ [5], Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code: An Explanation of the "Working Alone" Requirements
  7. ^ [6], Working Alone (Part 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code)
  8. ^ [7], Working Alone Safely – A Guide for Employers and Employees
  9. ^ [8], Working Alone or in Isolation
  10. ^ [9], WorkSafeBC OHS Regulations General Conditions Part 4
  11. ^ [10], Code of Practice for Workers Working Alone or in Isolation
  12. ^ [11], Workplace Health and Safety Regulation
  13. ^ [12], The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  14. ^ [13], Code du travail - Article R4512-13
  15. ^ [14], Ley 31/1995. de 8 de noviembre, de Prevencion de Riesgos Laborales

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