BCT Lone Working Policy Statement
BCT is committed to the safety and well fare of staff and learners. The company employ policy and monitoring procedures to ensures that staff working offsite and unsociable hours are safe and feel safe.
Lone workers are those how work by themselves without close or direct supervision. They are found in a wide range of situations. Employees have responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and other people affected by their work and to co-operate with their employers in meeting legal obligations.
Some examples of lone working are listed below:
- Only one person works on the premises, e.g. small workshops, kiosks, shops and home workers
- People who work separately from others, e.g. in factories, warehouses, some research and training establishments.
- People who work outside normal hours, e.g. cleaners, security, special production, maintenance or repair staff.
Safe working arrangements for lone workers
Establishing safe working for lone workers is no different to the health and safety factors to be considered for other employees. All employees need to know the law and standards which apply to their work activities and then assess whether the requirements can be met by them working alone.
When a worker is classed as a lone worker the main health and safety issues that have to be addressed are:
- To ensure that the workplace doesn’t present any special risks to the lone worker
- To ensure that there is a safe way in and a way out for one person in case of an emergency
- To ensure (if applicable) that access equipment such as portable ladders by safely handled by one person.
- If manual handling is to be done, to ensure that lifting objects for one person can be done safely.
Best Practice Guidelines on Lone Workers
Procedures are to be implemented to ensure that lone workers health and safety is monitored:
- If working outside normal hours, then report to your line supervisor before you attend an appointment and after the appointment has finished.
- Don’t do anything which you feel might put you in danger – report dangerous incidents or situations to your supervisor and ask for advice
- Don’t ‘’cut corners’’ or rush the work, set yourself a reasonable target and work towards it.
- If you start to feel tired either stop for a short break, take a walk outside in the fresh air, or go home after contacting your supervisor and signing out
- If you don’t know how to do something – don’t do it – leave it until someone is around to help you.
- If you get injured stay calm, use your training, and if you need assistance contact 999 giving clear instructions to them of where you are.