Lone Worker Alarm Systems: Supporting Your Duty of Care

Looking after your lone workers

In a previous article we discussed lone worker alarm systems and put forward some financial and legal considerations.

These are often the main motivators when deciding to implement a lone worker solution. However, each employer also has a moral duty to look after their employees as best as they can.

In this article, we explore duty of care and how lone worker alarm systems can help support it.

What does duty of care mean?

Legally, we know that duty of care means you must abide by relevant health and safety law but that’s only part of it. The other part is the moral and ethical responsibility not to cause, or fail to prevent, physical or psychological injury.

Your moral duty to look after employees is wide ranging and could manifest itself in various ways, such as support with general health and fitness or the provision of emotional support. In terms of lone workers, here are a few ways you can clearly show you wholly support them;

  • Clearly defining jobs and undertaking risk assessments
  • Implementing a clear lone worker policy
  • Ensuring the safest work environment possible
  • Providing adequate lone worker training
  • Proving the correct safety equipment, i.e. lone worker alarms
  • Providing communication channels for employees to raise concerns
  • Consulting lone workers on issues which concern them, or new risks

How can a lone worker alarm help?

When an employee is equipped with a lone worker alarm they feel confident and better protected whilst performing their daily routines. This is especially true for those in high-risk roles, such as housing officers or care workers.

Demonstrating concern for the physical and mental health of workers by implementing a lone worker system has a clear business case. It can help build trust, reinforce your commitment to employee safety, and help improve staff retention and increase employee engagement.

It’s no secret that stress is one of the biggest reasons for employee absence. By implementing lone worker policy and procedures and providing lone worker alarms, you can significantly reduce the amount of stress a lone worker may feel. Stress may stem from a general feeling of being unsafe or not having the knowledge to deal with potentially risky situations.

Lone worker alarms are not required by law but we hope this article has pinpointed the reasons why you would want to do the best you can to help better protect lone workers.

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