As lone workers we are under the responsibility of our employers during our work hours, and the environment in which we work must be as safe as it can be. Our employers accept responsibility for lone worker safety whether we are in the office, on the shop floor, in a vehicle, in the street or if we knock on someone's door to make a home visit.
Paramount Security Groups Lone Worker solutions benefit both the employee and the employer. We offer site based fixed installation equipment and maintenance or mobile solutions using GSM technology. We offer an effective and reliable solution, regardless of the application or environment where coverage is required.
In organisations that take a responsible view, there will be an understanding that lone workers are especially open to risks which cannot always be managed. They will therefore write a Lone Worker Policy and work with staff to explain it, make sure it is sensible, and then follow up its implementation to ensure it is being applied. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) make a point of checking these policies when they make their visits - and then audit compliance at worker/user level.
The HSE define lone workers as 'those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision'. The below examples illustrate some of the situations and environments a lone worker may find themselves in:
- People in fixed establishments
- People who work from home
- People working outside normal hours, e.g. cleaners and security, production, maintenance or repair staff
- People working separately from others, e.g. in factories, warehouses, some research and training establishments, leisure centres or fairgrounds
- Mobile workers outside of their fixed base
- Agricultural and forestry workers
- Service workers, e.g. rent collectors, postal staff, social workers, home help, doctors, district nurses, pest control workers, drivers, engineers, architects, estate agents, sales representatives and similar professionals visiting domestic and commercial premises