Policy—lone working

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  • Policy—lone working

Policy—lone working

    1. 1

      Introduction

      1. 1.1

        Both individual staff members who work alone and their managers have a duty to assess and reduce the risks lone working presents. This policy should be read in conjunction with the organisation’s Health and safety policies.

    1. 2

      Purpose and scope

      1. 2.1

        This policy is designed to:

        1. 2.1.1

          ensure staff are aware of the risks presented by lone working; and

        1. 2.1.2

          identify responsibilities of staff and managers.

      1. 2.2

        It applies to all staff who work alone, at any time, and their supervisors.

    1. 3

      Who is a lone worker?

      1. 3.1

        A lone worker is a member of staff who works by themselves without close or direct supervision.

      1. 3.2

        The key characteristic is that they are physically isolated from colleagues, and may be without access to immediate assistance.

      1. 3.3

        Examples include:

        1. 3.3.1

          people who work from home;

        1. 3.3.2

          mobile workers outside of their fixed base;

        1. 3.3.3

          people visiting domestic and commercial premises;

        1. 3.3.4

          people who work separately from others (eg reception workers or people who work outside normal business hours);

          staff working among the organisation’s [customers OR clients] and business partners;

    1. 4

      Responsibilities

      1. 4.1

        [Insert organisation’s name] has specific responsibilities as employer in terms of health and safety. But you as employees also have responsibilities.

      1. 4.2

        Organisation and manager responsibilitiesLone worker responsibilities
        Undertake risk assessmentsTake all reasonable care of yourselves and other people affected by your work

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