How To Create A Lone Worker Safety Plan

The purpose of a lone worker safety plan is to identify hazards, remove them or at least minimise the potential for harm by creating control measures and processes. This assists in building a safe work environment and ensures your organisation is compliant with NSW State law.

It’s not illegal for employees to work alone, however there must be certain steps taken to ensure that they are protected from harm while at work. SafeWork NSW regulates lone worker hazards and provides information on their website regarding how to prepare a lone worker safety plan. Compliance with lone worker safety procedures is a requirement by law and organisations must therefore do everything in their power to reduce the potential for harm arising on work sites.

The main hazards faced by lone workers are:

  • Exposure to violence.
  • Exposure to psychological injuries or mental health.
  • Poor access to emergency assistance.

Identifying Lone Worker Risks

A lone worker safety plan should start with a list of potential hazards in the workplace and an assessment of those risks in terms of their potential for causing harm. Workers should be consulted about safety, hazards and risk control measures. Most hazards can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Individual (unique to the employee working alone)
  • Location
  • Process
  • Equipment
  • Activity
  • Violence

Assessing Risks

When assessing lone worker risks, consideration should be given to:

  • The length of time a person may be working alone.
  • The time of day when a person may be working alone.
  • A communication plan between managers and workers.
  • The location of the work.
  • The nature of the work, as well as the skills and capabilities of the worker, including any medical considerations.

Creating A Safety Plan

When hazards have been identified and evaluated based on their capacity for causing harm, a plan for mitigating hazards should be outlined. Safety and contingency plans should be reviewed regularly for efficacy. Safety plans may include:

  • Redesigning work schedules to minimise instances of employees working alone.
  • Reducing the amount of time employees spend working alone.
  • Providing training to lone workers to help reduce risk levels and issuing lone worker devices to staff.

Lone workers should also be trained to conduct dynamic risk assessments. Not every hazard can be identified at a worksite in most circumstances, so employees should be trained to analyse an undocumented risk when it arises. This is a useful skill that can help workers reduce the instances of incidents occurring at work.

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If your lone worker safety plan includes equipping employees with lone worker safety devices, contact TWIG Australia today to discuss our product offering. We have several lone worker safety devices for sale and can help your business remain compliant with State Government regulation and ensure the safety of your employees as they operate alone at work.

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