Lone Working Risk Assessment
Lone Working Risk Assessment
The law requires that all employers who have employees working alone must conduct a lone working risk assessment prior to work commencing.
We can provide you with expert consultants who will ensure that you are fully compliant with UK law.
Lone working policy
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, it is a legal obligation for employers to assess the health and safety needs of their lone workers.
HSE defines a lone worker as someone who works alone without close or direct supervision. Following the regulations, it is the responsibility of the employer or self-employed persons to ensure a suitable and sufficient lone worker risk assessment has been conducted. In the event that an adequate lone working risk assessment has not been conducted, the employer will be held accountable. Consequences of breaching HSE regulations can be severe, taking the form of heavy fines or even jail terms. Therefore, it is essential that you undertake a lone worker risk assessment now.
Completing a lone worker risk assessment
Government guidance stipulates that there are 5 key components of a lone working risk assessment. These are:
- Identifying potential hazards for lone workers
- Identifying what the risks are and who might be harmed
- Evaluating the risks and removing or reducing them (eg. providing supervision for certain tasks)
- Recording the findings and providing training for the lone worker and others where necessary
- Reviewing and regularly updating the lone worker risk assessment, especially if the lone worker’s role requires visits or interactions with unstable people (eg. violent behaviour).
Lone worker policy
In order to ensure that a lone worker risk assessment has been completed to an adequate level, a competent person is required. A competent person is needed because there are many components to working alone which must be assessed. These can include, getting home after working out of hours, intruders and personal medical conditions. A competent person must be able to assess all of the potential hazards for lone workers, even if they may not appear obvious at first.
We can provide you with expert consultants who will ensure a comprehensive lone worker risk assessment, providing you with the full coverage you need.
Our NEBOSH-accredited specialists have experience of working with a vast range of businesses, nationwide to ensure they have adequate protection for their workers. Our team of consultants can ensure a comprehensive and robust lone working risk assessment, providing you with real ways to help minimise the risk associated with lone working.
The expert services that we provide offer our clients best-in-class services and effective ways to minimise risk.
Call our friendly and knowledgeable customer care team today for more information and advice on how to assess the health and safety of your lone workers.
We are happy to give you the answers to any queries you have, and we can also offer you a free quote for our services. So call us now on 0800 211 8331.