Lone Working Checklist
If you work alone, you can be very vulnerable to various threats or risks, such as injury, illness, or attack. Our lone working checklist can help you mitigate some of those risks and keep you safe whilst you get on with your job.
We have created this checklist with before, during, and after lone working sections.
Before you go:
1) Is your phone charged?
You never know how long you will be out for, and your phone can be a lifesaver.
2) Do you have enough fuel in the car or money for the bus?
If you got stranded or lost, do you have means to get home?
3) Have you got any spare change?
If you need to pay for a taxi or emergency phone call, could you?
4) Is your lone worker device charged and ready?
You can do a test red alert to make sure it is ready for action.
5) Are you dressed for the terrain and activities?
Don’t wear heels if you might be going over rough ground-you might hurt yourself.
6) Have you checked the weather?
You could be vulnerable if you have to unexpectedly walk in wintry weather and haven’t got a coat.
7) Have you told someone your plans?
Make sure you tell your colleague, friend, or partner where you are going, with whom, and when you expect to be back.
8) Is your hair making you vulnerable?
If you have long hair, avoid wearing a ponytail or plait-or you are giving a potential attacker a handle with which to drag you, or something to get snagged with.
9) Have colleagues any advice?
If you have never been to this location before, has anyone you have worked with? It is worth asking in case they have a useful insight.
When You Arrive:
1) Set an Amber Alert
Before you get out of the car, set an Amber Alert to tell the operator exactly where you are and set the timer running-it could save your life.
2) Do a dynamic risk assessment
What can you see around you? Is there anything you should be wary of? Trip hazards, agitated looking dogs, and shady looking people, for example, should make you proceed with caution.
If you are in a remote location, can you see any landmarks that will help you if you get lost?
3) Check your instinct
Before you get out of the car, consider how you feel. Are you nervous, or agitated without knowing why? Listen to your instinct. If you feel something is off, it probably is. Keep checking in with your instinct. It can save your life.
4) Don’t take your shoes off
If you are visiting someone’s house don’t take your shoes off when you are inside, even if they ask you to. If you need to run, you don’t want to be trying to find your shoes or doing it barefoot.
5) Remember the layout and surroundings
Could you find the door again in a hurry if you had to? Is it locked? If it is dark, where was the light switch?
if you are in a remote location, where is the road? Which direction did you come from?
6) Keep a clear path to an exit
Can you easily get to the exit? If you can, choose to sit where you can easily get to an exit if you feel threatened. Never arrange your office or room so the visitor sits closest to the door.
7) If in doubt, get out
Your instinct is there to keep you safe, so listen to it. If you feel unhappy or nervous, make an excuse and leave. It could be as simple as nipping back to the car for something or popping out for a fresh pen. Don’t take the chance.
If you are in a remote location, don’t leave it too late to set off for safety, especially in adverse weather conditions.
8) Activate your lone worker alarm if you need to
That is what it is there for. The operator can listen in until you feel safe again, or you can ask for a colleague to call you. No one will be cross if it is a false alarm after all. It is there to be used.
When you get back to work or home:
Ask yourself if you felt safe at all times. If not, what would you do differently next time?
If something felt odd, or an incident occurred, tell your line manager. You could prevent it from happening to others.