Lone working is often inevitable for many businesses, but it does carry a degree of risk. The Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations requires employees to consider and manage the associated risks with lone working. One way to control the risk is via training. At Basis Training, we can help your business manage lone working risks with customised courses for lone worker training.
Who are lone workers?
A lone worker is anyone that works by themselves or has little to no close contact with other workers or no direct supervision. Many people work as lone workers, such as those who work outside of regular hours such as cleaners and security. Lone workers are also typical in factories, workshops, small shops, kiosks and offices.
The term of lone worker can also apply to people who work away from their normal place of work. This includes service workers who visit clients, such as social and medical workers. It can also include agricultural workers as well as maintenance and repair engineers.
How can employers control the risk of lone working?
All employers have a duty of care and must make sure that they assess the risk of lone working, and where appropriate take the necessary measures to avoid, reduce or control the risks that are present. This may include conducting regular risk assessments, deem tasks unsafe for lone working and make sure there is support where needed and training.
How lone worker training custom courses can help
Bespoke lone worker training courses can not only help to explain the risks associated with lone working but also help make sure the course is tailored to your needs. With a custom course, you can be sure that every risk that is relevant to your business is covered.
There are many benefits of bespoke lone worker training courses including;
- Learning how to conduct real-time risk assessments for lone working
- Understand the specific risks that lone workers face
- Consider the legal implications of lone working
- Confidence to handle conflict and aggressive situations when alone
- Practical conflict management techniques and safety protocols with lone working.
When it comes to lone working, personal safety is paramount. This is why training courses should not only cover that conventional risks of lone working but also give individuals the necessary tools and guidance so that they can protect themselves. Through training, employees can build their confidence, so they feel equipped to handle conflict and lone working situations. With confidence and control, you can help your team to enjoy lone working and feel safe at work.
Book your lone worker training custom courses today
At Basis Training, we will work with you to understand the specific lone worker risks. We can then expertly craft a comprehensive training course to meet the needs of your lone workers, so they feel confident and in control at work. Find out more by calling 01446 740 411.