Lone Worker (LW) is an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers without close or direct supervision. Such staff may be exposed to risk because there is no-one to assist them and so a [1 ] risk assessment may be required. [2 ] [3 ] [4 ] Examples of lone workers [edit ]
There are different types of lone workers including:
People working at home such as Telecommuters, affiliated marketers, writers Workers in the Energy Industry or Oil and Gas Industry including upstream workers like surveyors, land managers, drillers, and midstream or downstream workers such as refinery workers and drivers Construction workers Mobile workers such as traveling salesmen, truck drivers, health visitors, repair technicians People who work in any type of Manufacturing facility People working outside normal hours such as security guards, cleaners Utility workers such as meter readers or technicians Self-employed people People who work apart from their colleagues such as receptionists, retail clerks, service station attendants Countries with lone worker legislation [edit ]
The following countries have enacted lone worker legislation:
Australia Canada (Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) France Germany The United Kingdom Spain In Australia [edit ]
Australia has legislation regarding lone workers and their employers.
Guidance Note, Working Alone 2009 [5 ] In Canada [edit ]
Some of the Provinces in Canada have enacted legislation regarding employer's responsibility towards Lone Workers.
Alberta [edit ] Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code: An Explanation of the "Working Alone" Requirements 2009 [6 ] Working Alone (Part 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code) 2009 [7 ]
Additional Province-issued documents include:
Working Alone Safely – A Guide for Employers and Employees 2000 [8 ] British Columbia [edit ] Working Alone or in Isolation Regulation 2011 [9 ] WorkSafeBC OHS Regulations General Conditions Part 4 2009 [10 ] Manitoba [edit ] Code of Practice for Workers Working Alone or in Isolation 2006 [11 ] Workplace Health and Safety Regulation Part 9 [12 ] Saskatchewan [edit ] The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996 [13 ] In France [edit ]
France has enacted laws protecting lone workers.
Code du travail - Article R4512-13 2008 [14 ] 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.
La Ley 31/1995 de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales 1995 [15 ] In the United Kingdom [edit ]
The UK has specific legislation and standards that are relevant to Lone Workers and their Employers.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977(a) and The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996(b) The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Fire Act 2005 Managing lone workers [edit ]
Common practices used by companies to manage the personal safety of their Lone Workers are:
Conducting Risk Assessments Documenting a Lone Worker Policy Implementation of a Buddy System Lone Worker Training Conflict Management Training Use of monitoring systems and equipment (Panic Alarms, Mandown (fall/impact) Detectors, Pendant Trackers) See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ , BSIA Lone Workers guide for Employers ^ Phil Hughes, Ed Ferrett (2009), "Lone workers", Introduction to Health and Safety at Work, Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 117, ISBN 978-1-85617-668-2 ^ , NHS Lone Working Guidance Section 3.3 ^ , NHS Lone Working Guidance Section 3.3 ^ , Guidance Note, Working Alone ^ , Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code: An Explanation of the "Working Alone" Requirements ^ , Working Alone (Part 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code) ^ , Working Alone Safely – A Guide for Employers and Employees ^ , Working Alone or in Isolation ^ , WorkSafeBC OHS Regulations General Conditions Part 4 ^ , Code of Practice for Workers Working Alone or in Isolation ^ , Workplace Health and Safety Regulation ^ , The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations ^ , Code du travail - Article R4512-13 ^ , Ley 31/1995. de 8 de noviembre, de Prevencion de Riesgos Laborales External links [edit ]