Take a moment and think how many lone workers are in your organisation! Then ask yourself these questions:
“What are you doing to protect your staff”?
“What IF there was an incident, have you done everything you can to ensure your staffs’ safety”?
The law is clear that you have a Duty of Care towards your employees, when they are at work. This means ensuring you are doing your best to minimise the risks they face in their day-to-day working lives, including making sure everyone is aware of company policy and that you are doing your best to enforce these policies. A range of common and statute laws cover this responsibility, including landmark legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If it ever came to prosecution, ignorance of your legal duties would not be a valid defence.
The HSE defines a Lone Workers as “those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision’’ and lists some examples.
Click the image to download HSE “Working Alone” Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working.
Under the section Monitoring the HSE “Working Alone” (Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working) states that “Procedures must be put in place to monitor lone workers as effective means of communication are essential. These may include:
- manually operated or automatic warning devices which trigger if specific signals are not received periodically from the lone worker, eg staff security systems;
- implementing robust system to ensure a lone worker has returned to their base or home once their task is completed.
YouTrack Halo+ gives you and your employees the reassurance and knowledge that you can pinpoint their position at any time from your smartphone or PC and those employees can raise an alarm if the situation needs it.
Lone Worker Type
Whether you’re a business with one or two staff, or a larger business with tens or hundreds of staff, there will be times when you have staff working alone. You may even have staff working in potential dangerous environments daily, due to the nature of their job or their surroundings. Lone working has a wide and varied audience and you must ask yourself are you doing all you can to ensure their safety? Here are just a few examples of some lone worker occupations:
- Sales Staff
- Sales Reps are undoubtedly frequent lone workers, however in most cases they
- Maintenance & Utility Staff
- Local Government/Councils
- Security Personnel
- Healthcare Workers
- Liaison Officers
- Contract Workers
- Transport and Logistics
Did you know that one YouTrack Halo+ is cheaper to run than buying one medium Americano from a well known US coffee company a week ?
Can you put your employee’s safety and wellbeing below a cup of coffee?