Jupiter2000 Lone Worker Policies

A lone worker is anyone who works in isolation from their colleagues without close or direct supervision. Employees are also considered to be working alone if they have neither visual nor audible communication in the event of an incident.

Applicable Laws

Any business employing more than five persons has an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of their employees. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 places a duty on employers, to identify significant risks within the organisation and implement suitable risk treatments, to reduce those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

Employers of less staff still have an obligation to risk assess all employees working on or off their premises as to their working practises and advise ,train ,instruct and to take such measures to safe guard them.

Scope

This Policy applies to all employees permanent or temporary of [Your Organisation] and includes any agency, or visiting professionals employed to provide services on their behalf.

This Policy also applies to participating Independent Contractors and their employed staff.

Places of Work

Where workers are on premises where someone other than their employer has control, their safety is the responsibility of the main occupier of those premises provided that the occupier is also an employer or conducting an undertaking there. (S.3 (2) of the Act.

Where an employer does not exercise control over the premises it is more difficult to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Regulation 10 of MHSWR requires employers (including self employed i.e. Independent Contractors) to provide comprehensible information on health and safety for others who are working on or visiting their premises.

Personal responsibility

Section 7 of the act requires employees to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

This policy and supporting training should ensure that such persons do not take short cuts or employ dangerous practices but that they are instructed to consider and identify potential hazards and to implement a form of risk assessment to ensure the safety of themselves and any of other persons they may be working with.

Working outside normal hours

Where a person is required or requests to work after normal working hours and alone, it is necessary to identify the degree of risk in assessing whether or not this is a safe practice. Regulation 3 of MHSWR states that employers must make a "suitable and sufficient" assessment of any risks to the health and safety of their employees. Any such risks identified are likely to be greater for lone workers. These findings must be recorded on the risk assessment documents provided as part of your Health and Safety policy.

Jupiter2000 can carry out such risk assessment and produce a risk assessment (Lone Worker Policy) to fit your companies needs and reduce the possibility of litigation procedures resulting in: Loss of manpower, loss of staff and public and customer confidence in your business unlimited fines the possibility of imprisonment. (Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007).

Jupiter2000 can do this for you. Call us now on 07716 860664 or request a call back.

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