Lone workers are described by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as 'those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision' and that can encompass many different job roles in a wide variety of industries.
As an employer you have specific duties to protect lone workers within your employment. This also applies if they are working for you as a contractor, a freelancer or are self-employed.
The HSE has produced guidance for employers which includes:
- providing you with support and training
- keeping in contact with you
- preventing work-related violence
The NBCC, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Business Crime Hub and their Designing Out Crime Officers have created a short film as a guide to lone worker safety: