The law has no specific legislation to protect the health and personal safety of lone workers. However, general health and safety legislation applies as much to lone workers as any other worker. It is important that employers do not overlook the relevance of health and safety, including risk assessment, first aid provision and keeping records just because it relates to a single lone worker.
Every day, thousands of people are exposed to situations where they are left alone in work premises, or when visiting members of the public during their working day. There are many risks associated with working in isolation and without the support of colleagues, including accidents and violence. Ensuring the safety of those who works alone can be very different from protecting other workers and there are often special considerations for the lone worker.
This course acts as an introduction to personal safety for lone workers and applies to those that work alone within business premises, mobile workers and homeworkers. It covers the legal responsibilities
of both employers and employees, some of the common security precautions that can be implemented, practical steps you can take to avoid conflict in lone worker situations and other elements that can contribute to lone worker safety.
The HSE have produced this useful guide, Working Alone, that provides guidance on the health and safety of lone workers is produced to assist anyone who employs lone workers and for the self employed who work alone.
|Lone Worker Personal Safety: The Basics||1|
|The Law: Responsibilities||2|
|Assessing the Risks||3|
|Personal Safety Solutions||4|
|Practical Tips to Avoid Conflict||5|
|Reporting and Recording Incidents||6|
Online assessment for this course is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass each module. We advise you to complete each module and answer the question before moving on to the next module. This provides a better learning experience because you will need to have knowledge from earlier modules to understand some of the material in the later modules. For those who complete the course successfully, a PDF certificate of the award is sent directly to your inbox. Hard copies of the award are available on request. The course takes 45 minutes of training to complete. This is course content only and does not cover the time it takes to answer questions.