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Coronavirus: Lone Working
Protection for lone workers
Lone working during Coronavirus
If you are still working during this period you must still follow government guidelines around social distancing.
For some transport, construction, manufacturing, and trades activities, this may lead to an increase in lone working as you are adapting to the current requirements.
Lone working is not prohibited but it must be assessed to ensure that employees are not put at risk.
Lone working does not just mean a single person working on a premises, it may also include large premises with singular employees working on different floors, departments, and areas away from others.
Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment of work activities and take reasonable measure to protect lone workers.
Risk assessment should include measures for employee training, supervision and monitoring (keeping in touch).
This training should include the procedure for dealing with emergencies and understanding the arrangements for keeping in touch.
Employees or their representatives should be consulted on changes in working conditions that may impact their health and safety at work, involving them in your lone working risk assessment may lead to joint problem solving and enhanced cooperation with company procedures.
For further advice on lone working you should speak with your competent H&S adviser or alternatively give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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