Working alone increases the risk of any job. The objective of lone working risk management is to manage exposure to lone working risk.
Who are our lone workers?
- Include “accidental” lone work and those who work alone for relatively short periods.
- What is their capability – skills, training, experience, health?
What are the potential risks/hazards to their safety and security?
- How long are they alone?
- What time is the work carried out?
- Where is the workplace? (including overseas)
- What is the nature of the work?
- What communication does the worker have access to?
Who might be harmed and how?
- Is there a risk of violence or aggression?
- Could fatigue increase risks?
- What are the risks of accident, injury, health emergency, breakdown, animal attack, environmental factors?
What are we already doing?
Is there anything else we could be doing to control the risks?
Does the risk register include:
- All identified risks, their assessment, owner, proximity & status?
- Action to be taken, responsibility and timing?
Is the risk register a living document – regularly referred to and kept up-to-date?