Have you had a look at your lone working policy recently? What do you mean you don’t already have one in place? Is it time to update your old one, or maybe start one?
After our success at the Health and Safety Event earlier this year, First2HelpYou will be joining our friends over at the Lone Worker Safety Expo this October. Read on for more details about this must-attend conference for anyone who manages or works with lone workers.
Employers have a duty to look after and protect their lone workers, but if you work alone you also have an obligation to help keep yourself safe. Personal safety is so important and when you are out and about, on your own, there is only so much your employer can do to help keep you away from harm. Having your wits about you and being aware of the hazards at all times is as important as carrying a lone worker device or your employer having a good lone worker policy in place.
Working from home is becoming increasingly common. The last set of data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of home workers in the UK has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over a decade. It is estimated that more than five million people work from home, either all of the time or are able to work flexibly, spending part of their time at home.
Lone workers in retail are under threat.
Lone working is a scary enough job but some sectors face higher threats, particularly verbal or physical violence. On such sector is retail. Earlier this year, The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey revealed a worrying spike in violence against retail staff, with the number of incidents happening at twice the rate of last year’s survey.