It’s best to always be prepared with the essentials, just in case you need them. Here are our top five pieces of kit to consider…
You should always carry a torch when lone working, even if you don’t work at night. A torch can be useful to assist mobility in low light areas, locate keyholes or attract the attention of others if needed. It doesn’t have to large – even keyring style torches are handy.
If you work alone frequently, you should consider carrying a compact first aid kit. This could be to treat either yourself or a colleague. Many light, HSE-approved first aid kits are now available, which you can either store in your car or carry.
The obvious use for a mobile phone is to contact someone for help or the emergency services, but they have several other uses. You can use the camera to record or take pictures for evidence, use maps and navigation, plus you can download useful apps like the weather forecast or a compass.
It’s advisable to carry a drink and something to eat, like an energy bar. This is particularly important when lone working in remote areas. Take regular breaks and ensure you are properly hydrated to avoid fatigue or feeling faint.
Last but not least, we believe every lone worker should be equipped with a personal safety device. A dedicated lone worker device when used in conjunction with an alarm receiving centre is the most effective way to protect yourself. A red alert can summon help much faster than a phone call can, plus it will provide a GPS location.
Want even more lone worker personal safety tips? Why not take a look at the advice from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust