What is a Lone Worker?
The HSE definition of a lone worker is:
"Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision".
Lone workers include, but are not limited to:
- Maintenence workers who complete repairs alone
- Factory / Manufacturing workers isolated on the shop floor
- Drivers spending hours on the road alone
- Lab workers
- Customer-facing roles such as:
- Estate agents
- Home carers
What is a Lone Worker Assessment and why are they important?
Lone Worker Assessments are carried out to identify and assess risks associated with a job role that is carried out by a lone worker. The purpose of these assessments is to identify hazards or risks and then resolve these issues for lone workers. Risk assessments are a basic legal requirement and should be carried out for all employees, not just lone workers, although the risks to lone workers will usually be different from your standard employee.
It is estimated that up to 8 million people within the UK are defined as lone workers, that's 22% of the UK workforce. Statistics from the British Crime Survey indicated that as many as 150 attacks (both verbal and physical) on lone workers are carried out daily. It's therefore crucial that lone workers are comprehensively trained and can carry out self-assessments that highlight risks involved with their jobs.
How often should they be carried out?
There is no legal time frame for when assessments should be reviewed but as a general rule of thumb, it's best to review your assessments annually. Assessments should also be reviewed if something changes in your business or to a job role that may increase the risk to an individual.
How does iHASCO's tool work?
Our online Lone Working Assessment Tool is built into each of our RoSPA Approved Lone Working courses (Lone Working IN and OUT of the workplace). Users complete one of our short, high-quality lone working courses and are then provided with the self-assessment upon completion of the course. Once the user has completed their assessment, training administrators can pull reports and are notified of any issues occurring from an assessment. Administrators can identify, prioritise, and quickly resolve any issues and keep end-users updated.
How much does it cost?
Our Lone Worker Assessment Tool comes free as part of our Lone Working Training. Pricing for our training is dependent on the number of users you need to undertake the training. For a bespoke, cost-effective quote, get in touch with us today via our quote request page.