When you undergo a risk assessment to qualify the requirements for your organisation's lone workers, you will probably find yourself risk assessing each job function. Once you have a view of the risks you can start looking for a suitable solution to protect your lone workers.Geonovo is pleased to offer this lone working policy as a free download to help you get on the right track to implementing the best lone working policy for your organisation.
You can also download a copy of the Health and Safety Executive Guide on the risks of working alone - simply click on the pdf to begin downloading this helpful guide for employers to lone working which seeks to clarify the duty of care under the law as it relates to:
When establishing the right a lone worker safety policy and procedures for your company, it is important to understand that there are no all-encompassing rules to address lone worker safety. It is the employer's responsibility to fulfill a duty of care in protecting lone workers.
Lone Working - as Defined by the Corporate Manslaughter Act:
"Companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care."
Even despite the passage of the Corporate Manslaughter Act, businesses and organisations taking a more proactive approach to protecting vulnerable lone working staff are realising greater benefits of protecting lone workers and making them feel safe, protected and above all, valued.
A lone working system is a method or technology-based solution that provides a way of raising an alert and then tracing your staff when they are alone and / or off-site that enables you to monitor and protect their safety.
In order to implement a complete lone worker policy, employers should work with employees to carry out a dynamic risk assessment. The dynamic risk assessment should take into consideration any situations where dangers are not easily identified in advance. This should include scenarios where the lone worker could be at risk due to persons under the influence of alcohol, drugs, dangerous animals, etc. The dynamic risk assessment should incorporate any potential factors which could arise as a hazard to the lone worker.
In any event, lone workers should be empowered to make the decision as to whether or not it is safe to work.
Geonovo is pleased to offer a Lone Worker Device Buying Guide which dispels the myths surrounding lone worker devices and how to address your company's 'Duty of Care'.
The Lone Worker Device Buying Guide raises real life issues and asks searching questions and aims to:
The following diagram shows the typical level of protection provided by lone working devices with various significant features. Whilst the look, feel, build quality and cost are all important considerations when looking for a lone worker alarm device, we feel the inclusion of 2-way voice communication with excellent GPS sensitivity are vital attributes for lone worker devices, as well as ease of use and rugged design as amongst the most important considerations.