Assess the risks. Before you start working, take a moment to assess the risks of your work environment. Are there any hazards that could be dangerous if you are alone? If so, take steps to mitigate those risks before you start working.
Only work alone if it’s safe to do so. If the risks of working alone are too high, don’t do it, say no. If you have to work alone, make sure you have a plan in case of an emergency.
Get training for working alone. Many employers offer training for workers who work alone. This training can teach you how to identify and assess risks, work safely in isolation, and what to do in an emergency.
Let someone know when you are working alone. Tell a co-worker, supervisor, or family member where you will work and when you expect to be finished. Check-in with them regularly to let them know that you are safe.
Keep in touch. If possible, stay in touch with someone while you are working alone. This could be done by phone, text message, or radio. If you have to work in an area without cell phone service, let someone know how you plan to stay in touch.
Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the people and activities around you. If you see something suspicious, report it to your supervisor or the police.
Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, leave the area and contact someone for help.
Here are some additional tips:
If driving, keep your vehicle fuelled and well-maintained. Adhere to the speed limits and road traffic regulations. Ensure you have the right equipment for a breakdown, a working mobile phone, spare tyre jack, luminous vest, hazard warning triangle and beacon light, torch, a first aid kit, drinking water and some snacks.
Have a plan in case of an emergency. Know how to contact help in case of an accident or injury. If you are working in a remote area, have a plan for getting help if you need it.
Be prepared. Ensure you have all the tools and equipment you need to do your job safely. If you work remotely, bring extra food, water, and supplies in an emergency.
Working in areas with no phone coverage. Invest in a satellite tracking system.
Be secure, and take steps to protect yourself from theft and assault. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables. Park your car in a well-lit area and lock it.
If you are a manager, it is important to have a lone worker safety policy in place. This policy should outline the procedures and processes that lone workers must follow to stay safe. It should also identify the roles and responsibilities of all employees in supporting lone workers.
By following these safety tips, you can help to reduce the risks associated with working alone.