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Lone working can pose a number of different risks that aren’t normally associated with working with or around others. Believe it or not, around 46% of people in the UK consider themselves to be ‘lone workers’ and adequate training for these staff is essential.
Your Legal Lone Working Responsibilities
Although lone working is not illegal, there are legislations in place that apply to lone workers - Current legislation includes:
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Employers have a duty of care on employers and must ensure their health and safety whilst at work.
Employers have a duty to assess risks to lone workers and take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. This must include: Involving workers when considering potential risks and measures to control them; Taking steps to ensure risks are removed where possible or putting in place control measures, eg carefully selecting work equipment to ensure the worker is able to perform the required tasks in safety; Instruction, training and supervision; Reviewing risk assessments periodically or when there has been a significant change in working practice. Health and Safety Executive
The Road Traffic Act
Laws in which all drivers in the UK have to abide by. These include licensing of drivers, testing of vehicles and driving instructors to be registered.