The 5 Categories of Work Alone

Work Alone Definition and Categories

Do You Know How Many Workers You Have That Are Defined As “Working Alone”?

Many companies don’t realize how many of their employees – whether on contract or work full-time – actually have some aspect of their job where they work alone. Working alone comes with it’s own unique set of hazards and challenges, so it’s important to be clear on the work alone definition and categories so your company can properly equip your staff with the tools they need to be safe.

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Responding to Emergencies in the Workplace

Tips that will help you respond effectively when your employees need help

When it comes time to respond during an emergency, knowing what steps to take can be crucial. If an emergency happens in the workplace, it could be your responsibility to provide help. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can help your employees during an emergency.

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How to Get Results From Your Safety Audits

Uncovering the liabilities in your safety programs

If you’re committed to safety in your workplace, it’s important to constantly revise your safety policies. The best way to ensure that your safety policies are effective is with a safety audit. In this article, we’ll review why audits are important to your company’s safety plans, and how you can successfully audit your workplace for safety.

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Due Diligence and Keeping Lone Workers Safe

First of a Series by Kent Macfarlane

Due diligence is the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.

Applied to occupational health and safety, due diligence means that employers must take all reasonable precautions, under the particular circumstances of every aspect of their business, to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. This duty applies to situations covered by  occupational health and safety legislation or regulations and equally importantly, those that are not.

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The Importance of Future-Proofing Your Technology

How to Prevent Your Equipment from Becoming Obsolete Next Year

Do you feel like you have to look into a crystal ball to predict what technology to invest in for your company? We’ve all had it happen to us – investing in new technology, only to discover a short while later that it’s become outdated or is no longer supported. How can you prevent this from happening to you? The answer lies not in seeing into the future, but in “future-proofing.”

This month, we’re looking at emerging trends in technology. In the first of our January Tech Check series, we’ll show you how you can boost productivity while saving time and money, all by focusing on the future usage of your technology.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

Have you taken these precautions to avoid injuries in your workplace?

When people think about dangers in the workplace, they often underestimate the impact of slips, trips, and falls. Not only are these accidents a major causes of injuries leading to missed work, but they can also deadly. According to OSHA, slips trips and falls are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities, resulting in 15% of all accidental deaths.

Read below for 6 tips that will help you avoid slips, trips, and falls in your workplace.

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Protecting Lone Workers in the 21st Century

New Industry Standards and Best Practices for the Modern Workforce

The new millennium has brought rapid changes in politics, economy, and technology. Jobs that couldn’t be imagined 20 years ago are on the rise, and companies can undergo massive change in short periods of time. Technology has liberated the workforce, with processes that are streamlined and optimized at a scale never before seen. Whole teams can work remotely, and individuals have more autonomy to work alone than ever before.

From a healthcare worker driving to a client, to an engineer conducting a remote oil site check-up, lone workers are far from rare in today’s work climate.  However, lone workers have unique risks and hazards that are not always obvious, like poor access to communications or difficulty getting help during an emergency. In this article, we’ll look at how lone worker safety technology is evolving in the 21st century.

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Working Alone Around the World

What does working alone safety look like around the world?

Working alone creates a lot of safety concerns that don’t exist when there are multiple employees present. Unfortunately, work alone safety is something that isn’t always well defined or even well understood. Because the procedures for protecting lone workers are still evolving, we need to look around the world to see how the protection of lone workers is evolving.

In this article we’ll look at three of the leading countries in lone worker safety in order to get a better idea of where the future of lone worker safety lies.

Canada

Canada has work alone safety legislation in place both at the federal and the provincial levels. At the federal level, Canadian legislation takes a broad stance on workplace safety, requiring all employers to take reasonable precautions to prevent harm to their employees under Canada Bill C-45. This means that failure to implement working alone safety in a workplace could ultimately lead an employer to being found criminally liable.

At the provincial level, work alone legislation is more prominent. In provinces like British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, working alone is a clearly defined concept, with sections of the provincial occupational health & safety acts devoted to explaining employer liability and the procedures necessary to ensure the safety of lone workers. Depending on province, these procedures include establishing communications, and performing check-ins at defined intervals for lone workers.

Australia

Australia’s workplace safety laws are similar to Canadian federal law in that they require employers to assess risks to employees and take preventative measures, without specifically naming and defining lone workers. Employers here would be responsible to provide a means of communicating with and protecting their lone workers, as they have increased vulnerability due to their isolation.

In Western Australia, the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations call for employers to have a means of communication available with their isolated employees, and for isolated employees to have a means of calling for help in the event of an emergency. A guidance note produced by the Department of Commerce clarifies that contact should be made between employer and employee at “pre-determined intervals.” These regulations are backed by hefty fines to both individuals and corporate bodies failing to comply.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, lone workers are protected under various laws and regulations, including The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. While lone and isolated workers are not named specifically, employers are required under these regulations to assess risks in the workplace and take preventative measures when risks are identified.

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive has produced guidance materials for employers of lone workers, identifying their legal responsibility. In these materials, the HSE recommends the implementation of monitoring procedures that include check-ins at pre-agreed intervals from workers.

The march of progress

With the advent of new mobile technologies, workplaces with lone workers are expanding all the time. With agencies like OSHA in the United States recognizing and defining lone workers, expect to see more countries around the world drafting legislation to protect their lone workers.

To find out how SafetyLine can protect your isolated and lone workers, call 1-888-WRK-ALNE or contact us by email here.