Understanding the Dos and Don’ts of Lone Worker Safety
Every workplace around the world has a culture and its own safety protocols to protect its workers. However, regardless of where you work and what you do, all workplaces should have its “dos” and “don’ts” for minimising safety hazards and risks for the workers. This is even more important for organisations that have employees working alone in remote areas without any supervision.
In this brief article, you will find out more about different activities that should and should not be done to ensure effective lone worker safety program.
Things to do:
- While working alone, make sure that people know where you are. It is extremely important that at least one of your colleagues is aware of your exact location. If you don’t share your location, no one will be able to rescue you in case of an unforeseen emergency. It is possible to share locations by checking-in with safety monitoring personnel or with the help of satellite devices.
- Always ensure that you have access to a panic button. When facing a potentially dangerous situation at work, it is not always possible to call for help. Under these circumstances, lone workers need a quick and easy way to ask for help. Motion sensors are extremely useful for lone workers as they can detect falls as well as motionless lone workers.
- Lone workers should always assess their surroundings thoroghly. This can help them identify potential safety hazards before starting their work. If any such potential hazard is identified, the lone workers whould immediately notify the higher authority and avoid the task, if possible.
- Using check-in monitoring systems is another excellent way to ensure safety for lone workers. These systems don’t rely on an individual’s ability to call for help. Safety of a lone worker can be confirmed to monitors by frequent check-ins. While working in more dangerous environments, it is recommended to shorten check-in times.
- Always trust your instincts and avoid performing a task that you are not comfortable with. This could be anything from not operating machinery that doesn’t make you feel confident to not entering a confined space without proper ventilation.
Things to Avoid:
- Always avoid risks that are unnecessary and avoidable. Compared to others, lone workers are already more exposed to workplace hazards. Therefore, it is not advisable to take any needless or additional risk. By remaining observant and carful of the hazards, it would be much easier for you to avoid situations that are potentially dangerous for you. Don’t hesitate to refuse such activities because this could save your life.
- Never perform tasks that can’t be done safely while working alone. If performing a job requires more that one person, never try to do it alone. Please remember that many workplace accidents occur because of workers trying to perform beyond their abilities.
- Assuming that you know everything is one of the worst things for your safety as a lone worker. All lone workers must be mindful and accountable for their own safety. This means remaining prepared, maintaining open lines of communication, and making use of the right equipment to perform the job.
At TWIG Australia, we offer comprehensive lone worker protection systems tailor-made for different industries. Please contact us today for building a robust system to ensure safety for your lone workers.