How to determine if you’re a Lone Worker
How to determine if you’re a Lone Worker
How to identify when you’re working alone, and how to keep yourself safe
What does it mean to work alone?
1. CONDUCT A RISK ASSESSMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO WORK SAFELY
You should never perform work that can’t be completed safely, and working alone introduces a higher degree of danger to any situation. Before you begin working alone, you should first assess any potential risks created by isolation or decreased visibility.
2. KNOW WHERE MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE LOCATED AND MAKE SURE THAT CAN ACCESS THEM
When you’re working alone, it’s important for you to be able to access medical supplies, as you may not be able to receive help immediately. Even if emergency medical supplies aren’t a part of your standard equipment, you will want to make sure that you have them nearby when you’re working alone.
3. KNOW HOW TO GET HELP DURING AN EMERGENCY
Having a plan in place to get help is the biggest challenge of lone worker safety. Whatever the working conditions may be, if you can plan a strategy that will get you help when it’s needed, you’re already halfway to a solution.
4. PLAN FOR THE EVENT THAT YOU MAY BE UNCONSCIOUS DURING AN EMERGENCY
One of the most unique aspects of lone worker safety is planning for situations where you are unable to call for help. A safety solution that doesn’t account for an unconscious worker is incomplete.
5. HAVE A MEANS TO CONTACT OTHER PEOPLE DURING AN EMERGENCY
Having the tools necessary to contact others during an emergency is key. It may not be enough to verbally call for help and depending on the emergency you may not be able to.
6. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, HAVE A WAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO CONTACT YOU DURING AN EMERGENCY
Although remote work can take people outside of cell phone service and away from wired communications, working alone is safer when you can both send and receive communication. If you’re working remotely for a prolonged period of time, it may be time to invest in a two-way satellite device.
7. MAKE SURE THAT OTHER PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO BE WORKING
When you have reduced visibility and communications, it’s important that other people will know where you’re going to be. Plan to check in with your coworkers, and make sure to report your destination and estimated arrival time.
8. CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN THAT IS SPECIFIC TO YOUR WORKING CONDITIONS
Anyone responding to you during an emergency should understand what kind of work you’re doing. An effective communications strategy should enable you to report your working conditions.
9. PREPARE EMERGENCY CONTACTS WHO ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH ASSISTANCE
If you report an emergency, it’s important that the people notified first can provide you with quick assistance. It may seem simpler to use a central response team, like a security unit, but the best people to notify during an emergency are those who can help.
10. KNOW WHO MAY BE WORKING NEAR YOU, AND WORK WITH THEM TO COORDINATE YOUR SAFETY PLAN
Just because you’re working alone shouldn’t mean that you have an individual emergency response plan. When others working alone nearby, it’s best to coordinate your safety plan so that everyone’s roles and responsibilities are clear.
Planning for a safer workplace?
When it comes to implementing a check-in-based safety system for lone workers, you’ll need the support of everyone in the workplace. Keeping lone workers safe should be everyone’s business, and a coordinated effort will ensure that if someone working alone needs help, they’ll be able to receive it. If you or someone in your workplace works alone all or some of the time and you don’t have lone worker safety measures in place, start the conversation by asking yourself and others what needs to be done to make sure that all lone and remote workers can come home safe.
Canadian legislation and working alone: What does this mean for you?
Canada has some of the strictest regulations when it comes to protecting lone workers. (If you are visiting us from the United States visit our sister company Scatterling.co). Each Canadian province handles working alone differently, so it’s important to stay up to date on any changes that may affect you.
Are you an employer looking to protect your Lone Workers? Maybe you’re a Lone Worker wondering how you can keep yourself safe?
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