Skyguard’s Will Murray, highlights the risks, both physical and legal, of failing to protect staff who work alone and the importance of adopting the BS 8484 standard for lone-worker protection.
A lone worker can be defined as an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers, without close or direct supervision. With such a broad definition, there are varying estimates of the number of lone workers in the UK, but it is generally accepted that at least six million people work either alone, or on their own for parts of their working day.
Often these individuals are working in hazardous environments or circumstances which place them at risk of violence, accidents, or illness – the fact they are working alone puts them at even greater risk should the worst happen.
What does this mean for an employer?
Organisations have a legal and moral Duty of Care to protect their staff from unnecessary risks, and there are several pieces of health and safety legislation which apply to all organisations:
The Health & Safety at