Reduce the Risks of Working Alone
SoloProtect offers a worker safety solution for the lone worker, but we recognize that there are additional steps that someone working alone should take in order to prevent encountering dangerous situations. As we always stress, lone workers not only face environmental and social risks based on the nature of their work, but they also face additional danger that other employees do not: they encounter these risks alone and are often not able to summon the help that they need as quickly and effectively as a worker who has someone around to witness the danger at hand and get help. This is why it is absolutely essential to educate lone workers on worker safety practices that will reduce their likelihood of running into these risks. Below are some of the ways to do so.
Implement and follow a safety policy specific to those working alone
Because lone workers face separate risks from the rest of a company’s employees, it is silly to expect the same safety rules, regulations and responses to be effective for them. This is why safety professional within the company should create a separate safety policy for their lone workers, including topics such as roles/responsibilities, risk assessment, training, safety procedures, etc. Once the policy has been created, it should be enforced through training, and lone workers should be held responsible for following all guidelines for their own safety.
Need help getting started? See our example policy with call outs and tips: “Lone Worker Safety Policy: SoloProtect and Kings III.”
Encourage lone workers to perform a risk assessment whenever encountering a new environment
Those working alone should know to perform their own risk assessments whenever entering a new working environment. They should actively scan the area, looking for potentially dangerous aspects that they can be aware of and work to avoid. Safety above all else should be stressed, and therefore if a lone worker identifies a risk that makes carrying out work in the area too dangerous, they should feel comfortable to leave the situation.
Know your lone workers’ schedules
Just because you can’t be there while they are working does not mean that you shouldn’t know where your remote workers are. Develop a system that allows your lone workers to share their working schedule, including locations, with you and enforces a check-in system so that you know can account for where they are and how long they are there.
Ensure that your employees working alone know how to get help when needed
This, of course, should be included within the lone worker safety policy. Those working alone should have a strategy that allows them to quickly and effectively get the help that they need in any sort of dangerous situations, including incapacitation incidents. Many people assume that a cell phone is enough for summoning help, but there are many shortcomings of using cell phones for worker safety, as covered by this blog post. The bottom line here is, if a lone worker is unable to get the help they need during a risky situation, the danger and damages caused will continue to heighten. Because of this, extreme care should be taken when deciding upon the means for which your lone workers summon help.
These are some of the many methods employers and employees can reduce the risks of working alone. For more information on how SoloProtect can further mitigate dangerous situations for lone workers, visit www.soloprotect.com/us.