Don’t Leave Your Lone Workers in the Dark

Peoplesafe Archive

Now that the dark nights and mornings are well and truly upon us, lone workers are now even more vulnerable to attack or accident.

Although risk levels will vary from one area to another, there are some basic safety tips that anyone can use to help improve their personal safety.

One simple tip is to plan ahead by making sure you know where you are going and how to get there. If you are catching a bus or train, find out the times to avoid waiting for long periods at bus stops or stations.There are more than six million lone workers in the UK working in a wide variety of roles. Often these workers carry out their roles in places or circumstances that put them at potential risk from their environment or verbal and physical abuse.

For organisations that employ lone workers, it is essential that they provide a safe environment for their workers and ensure that they have access to relevant training and information on how to work on their own safely. Procedures should also be in place for the eventuality that a lone worker has an accident while carrying out their duties.

Now is the perfect time for organisations to re-evaluate their lone working procedures and enable themselves to better protect their lone workers. Robust policies and procedures not only protect the safety and wellbeing of employees and give peace of mind but also ensure that organisations address their duty of care to their workers.