The Importance of Training Lone Workers

LW training

LW training

Training and developing employees to correctly carry out their job can help improve productivity, morale and even their quality of work. This also allows an employee to feel valued and empowered to perform their jobs.

Along with improving the quality of their work, appropriate training can also be utilised to help ensure the safety and well-being of an employee. Manual handling, fire safety, use of heavy machinery etc are some of the most common training provided by organisations. These are usually conducted around the induction period when an employee joins the company. Improving workplace health & safety via appropriate training helps an employee to understand the consequences of accidents at work and how to prevent them.

Organisations are also required to carry out risk assessments to identify the risks and hazards associated with each job role. This will help them to fine tune their training requirements to meet individual employee needs, especially important for lone working employees.

Over 8 million people in the UK are estimated to be lone workers and some of their job roles include; sales reps, construction workers, office cleaners, security guards and many more. Accidents are unpredictable and the injuries sustained from accidents at work could be serious if immediate medical assistance is not provided, which could be the worst case scenario for an employee who’s working alone.

This is why training employees on lone working is important for their health, safety and well-being. We highlight some key benefits of lone worker training below:

  • Appropriate training would help employees to learn how to react/respond in an emergency situation.
  • Understand the severity of accidents or injuries caused due to improper working practices.
  • Learning how to effectively diffuse potentially violent situations.
  • Utilising the wide range of features provided by lone worker safety devices such as the MicroGuard.
  • Accidents such as slips, trips or falls can be prevented by understanding the causes i.e. wet/slippery floors, trailing cables, blocked walkways etc.
  • Increase productivity and confidence in lone working employees, so that they know help is available at all times

Along with the above benefits, utilising lone worker safety devices with “Man Down” functionality is also seen as best practice, as it can automatically raise an alarm in the event where an employee falls unconscious from an injury or a sudden medical condition.

Your existing lone worker policy should also be updated to include the latest training plan for employees who may be working alone. The policy could also be updated to include a schedule for refresher training and the right steps to follow for a new starter.

Here at Peoplesafe, we are experts in lone worker safety and we offer a comprehensive training to all our customers. Click here to find out more about our service.