The HSE have updated their guidance on lone working – Protecting lone workers: How to manage the risks of working alone.
This guidance explains how to keep lone workers healthy and safe. It is for anyone who employs lone workers, or engages them as contractors etc, including self-employed people or those who work alone.
Lone workers face the same hazards at work as anyone else, but there is a greater risk of these hazards causing harm as they may not have anyone to help or support them if things go wrong. As an employer, you should provide training, supervision, monitoring and support for lone workers.
The updated guidance contains:
- a new section on how to protect lone workers from the risk of work-related violence
- more information on how managers should keep in touch with lone workers
- new advice on the impact lone working can have on stress, mental health and wellbeing
A free copy can be downloaded here.
For more information on Home Working from the HSE see our previous article here.