Working alone from time to time is a common occurrence that many people experience on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics around 6 million of us in the UK do this every day.
Lone working can reduce costs, increase productivity and give employers more flexibility, which is why many organisations favour deploying a single staff member if a task can be comfortably carried out by one person. However, in some situations this can make employees more vulnerable, as getting help is harder should they fall victim to an attack or suffer an accident.
Safety whilst working without direct supervision is important, but often workers are unsure what their employers should be doing to ensure they are looked after. We’ve assembled a quick Q&A to outline what both employers and employees need to know about their rights and responsibilities regarding lone working.
What does the law say about lone working?
Lone working itself is perfectly legal, employers do however have a Duty of Care to safeguard their workforce and can find themselves
As one of the greatest medical challenges of our time, dementia is a condition that currently affects an estimated 850,000 people in the UK.
Dementia Action Week runs from 21st-27th May, with this year’s campaign from Alzheimer’s Society highlighting the simple things that people can do to improve the lives of sufferers, whether it’s learning more about the condition, making time to listen or not being afraid to approach an individual who may need help.
With this in mind, we’ve put together some facts about dementia that you may not be aware of.
1. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not the same thing
Alzheimer’s is an incurable disease that damages the brain’s chemistry by causing nerve cells to die, resulting in dementia. This is simply the name for a set of symptoms that people experience when this degeneration occurs.
2. Dementia isn’t a disease itself
In fact, it’s an umbrella term to describe symptoms caused by several diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy
This week has seen the return of warm, sunny weather to the UK – just in time for Sun Awareness Week. From May 14th-20th many will be looking to remind people of the dangers of sun exposure and advise on how to stay safe.
For those working outside there’s a lot more to consider than just getting sunburn, which itself is a serious issue. Extreme heat can also cause exhaustion, with those out in the sun at risk of developing heat stroke.
It takes just two hours for those engaged in moderate work to begin to feel the initial stages of heat stress, which if not treated rapidly can result in unconsciousness.
Safety in the Sun – 6 Tips for Working in Hot Weather
Keep hydrated, cool water is best for this. When it’s hot, aim to have a drink every 15-20 minutes – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid tea, coffee or soda as these are diuretics and can make you more dehydrated.
Reschedule jobs to cooler parts of the day or implement a rotation system
Personal safety devices play a critical role in lone worker safety and can save lives in an emergency. False alarms however, cause unnecessary worry, particularly for employers trying to track down a member of staff to make sure they are safe.
Although it’s impossible to eradicate the issue completely, users should aim to limit the number of false activations and ensure they know what to do if an alarm is set off by accident, so this can be dealt with swiftly.
Tips for Reducing and Managing False Activations
Choosing the right device
It’s important to get it right from the start. Select a device that strikes a balance, making it easy to raise an alert but not so much so that this happens on its own accord. Ideally the best solution would require employees to press and hold a button for an extended period of time. If possible, it’s recommended to try before you buy so you can see how a device will perform in your working environment. There are plenty of options available on
To keep you safe when working alone, we’ve come up with a series of quick and easy tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when lone working.
Do let people know your whereabouts
Make sure that at least one other person is aware that you’re working alone, where you’ll be doing this and how long for, in case something goes wrong and you need help.
Do your own mini risk assessment
Before you start, identify any possible safety issues and inform someone if you discovery anything that could be potentially unsafe.
Do follow relevant safety training and guidelines
It’s easy to forget or ignore health and safety advice, particularly if you’re doing a task that you’ve done many times before, but it’s important to remember your training at all times and follow appropriate safety guidelines.
Do carry a personal alarm
If you get into a difficult situation personal alarms can be a lifesaver, these provide you will a quick and easy way to get assistance should you need to