Guide

Ensure lone workers' safety

Introduction

Increasing numbers of people work alone, either some or all of the time.

Many people who travel for work, who work at night or who work from home, are lone workers. Small businesses frequently employ people who work alone - from shop assistants to warehouse staff. Many self-employed people also work alone.

Developments in communications technology are also allowing many more people to work from home or away from the workplace. This shift from traditional office-based working has introduced different risks for businesses.

Working alone can create extra health and safety risks. If you employ lone workers, or if you're self-employed and you work alone, you'll need to manage these risks.

This guide outlines the legal requirements associated with lone working. It also highlights the special risks faced by lone workers and how you can control them.