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. Our lone worker safety tips can help with that.
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.
Here are our top three lone worker safety tips for keeping safe while you are working alone.
Lone Worker Safety Tips:
1. Be Observant
A major skill which will keep you safe is learning how to always know what is going on around you. Observe the environment, the people you are with and take note of their behaviour. Learn warning signs such as a change in atmosphere, body language and tone of voice.
2. Use A Lone Worker Device
In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to have a panic alarm or lone worker device. A lone worker device will also distract an attacker and in addition, it will get you the help you need. This could be from a colleague or the emergency services.
3. Update Your Location
Always let people know where you are. This could save your life in an emergency. It can feel a little strange to know that your employer always knows your location but it’s not that different from working in an office job – your boss would always know your location as they would be able to see you.
If you have any questions about lone working or lone worker device, or for more lone worker safety tips please contact us and a member of the team will be happy to help.