Worker on phone at building site

From delivery and construction to healthcare and security, a large portion of today’s contemporary workforce is often required to carry out tasks unaccompanied. In the UK alone, an estimated six million people work alone or without direct supervision. While employers are largely responsible for the safety of lone workers, the second blog in our series examines things employees themselves can do to protect themselves while on the job solo.

Assess hazards

Before commencing any work it’s important for the employee to have an in-depth understanding of any potential hazards that may be present. They should ask their employer to notify them of any risks, as well as carry out their own individual assessment. Any dangers should be immediately addressed and adequately managed.

Ask for appropriate training and equipment

Lone workers should never feel as though they have to carry out a task if they are not sufficiently trained, prepared or confident. If an employee has any doubts regarding their personal skills, knowledge or quality of equipment they should not hesitate to raise their concerns with their employer.

Establish a check-in/checkout procedure

For the ultimate peace of mind when working solo, electronic call monitoring software such as IQ:timecard is an invaluable tool. The cutting edge remote workforce management technology places a unique focus on the user experience, with both employers and employees enjoying a state-of-the-art solution. The electronic call monitoring application has been specially engineered and developed to actively monitor the movement of lone workers in real time. Should lone workers fail to clock in or out the device will automatically raise an alert via email or SMS. This gives both employees and employers the total peace of mind that if any incidents occur response times will be rapid.

Keep a charged mobile phone on-hand

When working solo employees should always carry a fully charged mobile phone with calling credit. In case of an emergency this will play an integral role in securing assistance ASAP. Ideally the service provider should offer the highest possible level of signal in any given area.

When combined with adequate responsibility from the employer these steps will help lone employees stay safe while on the job. Doing things by the book may require a little extra time and money but at the end of the day the payoff could mean the difference between life and death.