Personal Safety for Lone Workers

Started on December 12, 2019

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 a lone worker 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.

Course ContentModule
Lone Worker Personal Safety: The Basics1
The Law: Responsibilities2
Assessing the Risks3
Personal Safety Solutions4
Practical Tips to Avoid Conflict5
Reporting and Recording Incidents6

Online assessment is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates require 70% correct answers to secure a pass.  PDF certificate will be sent directly to your inbox.  Hard copy certificate on requrest.  Duration: 45 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.  It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions).