Conducting a lone working risk assessment will help you to improve the safety of working conditions immediately.
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Use this lone working hazards checklist to report any hazard present during the work shift.Download template
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A risk assessment for lone working with a template aims to ensure safety for individual employees and possible hazards they are exposed to. Employers are obliged to provide employees who work alone with protection so that they can get help quickly in case of an emergency.
In many jobs and activities, people work on their own. Whether it's the security guard patrolling at night, or the late shift closing up shop. Both could get into trouble. However, activities are already considered to be working alone if the person is out of sight and call range of the team.
Employers should focus on safe working practices and protocols to minimise risks to which individual workers may be exposed. The three most important points to consider when carrying out a risk assessment for individual workers are:
It is essential to carry out regular risk reviews to identify potential risks in individual work. For employees working alone, it is particularly important to ensure that they are exposed to minimal or no risk. To be able to assess the risks of the activities of persons working alone, the ability of the persons to act after a possible damaging result must also be taken into account. Risks are divided into levels and are categorised in the end.
All staff should be physically fit before starting their shift. It is important to talk to them about their mental and physical fitness. It is also a good idea to consult a company doctor. By taking the right precautions and suitable preventive measures, employees' health risks can be minimised.
In order to create good and, above all, safe working conditions when working alone, it is important to communicate concerns about health risks and hazards, as well as other concerns they may have while working. At the same time, all safety measures must be jointly decided and implemented. The risk for hazards should be continuously reviewed and adjusted.
You should carry out regular checks, using a lone working checklist, on site to evaluate working conditions and performance. Try to build a personal relationship with your staff and ensure that training and counselling is provided regularly.
The lone working risk assessment must be designed in such a way that it can be traced that the risks in the company have been recorded and the necessary measures have been determined. In this way, companies increase their legal certainty in the event of a claim.
According to the recommendation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a risk assessment is successful if the following 7 steps are observed:
Lone working hours due to sick or injured employees can be costly. Protect your teammates and yourself by regularly checking compliance with all internal standards via mobile app. By regularly checking and easily analysing the data in the Lumiform software, you can avoid lost productivity and lost wages.
Using a digital checklist, all questions can be clarified step by step and dangers reliably assessed. Checklists minimise the risk that inspections are forgotten and inspection points are overlooked. Furthermore, clean, transparent documentation helps to prevent high fines for non-compliance with legal regulations. Safety officers benefit from many more advantages when inspecting fall protection with Lumiform: