Keep lone workers safe
A lone worker is defined as a worker who cannot be seen or heard by another person, and cannot expect a visit from another employee. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety recommends carefully considering any lone-work situation before delegating it.
To help ensure the safety of a lone worker, supervisors should:
- Assess the hazards of the lone worker’s jobsite. Does it involve working at height? Using hazardous machinery?
- Avoid assigning lone work whenever possible.
- Take corrective action to prevent or minimize potential risks of lone work.
- Provide appropriate training and education to lone workers.
- Schedule higher-risk tasks during normal business hours, or when another worker who can help is present.
Create a check-in procedure
For any lone worker, CCOHS recommends having a check-in procedure in place involving the following:
- Create a daily work plan so the location of the lone worker is always known.
- Designate one person to be the contact at the office, plus a backup contact.
- Have the contact person call or visit the lone employee periodically.
- Create an emergency action plan for when a worker does not check-in.