What is a lone worker risk assessment?

Workplace injuries and illnesses are primarily caused by failure to identify hazards that could have been avoided. Because of this, proactively identifying and assessing potential workplace hazards is important so that any issues can be resolved before harm is caused. This is where risk assessments come in!

What is a lone worker risk assessment?

A lone worker risk assessment is similar to an ordinary risk assessment, except it focuses more on the risks associated with working alone. Some employers may use the same risk assessment for lone workers as they do for their other workers. However, to ensure that the risks associated with lone working are identified and assessed, we recommend conducting a separate risk assessment.

Risk Assessment

Risks to lone workers

Lone workers are at more risk of injury or ill health due to the lack of supervision from managers or colleagues. Examples of lone workers include care workers, estate agents, construction workers, and delivery drivers. Each role comes with its own individual risk; however, some common risks include: 

  • Physical violence from clients or members of the public.
  • Slips, trips, and falls.
  • Sudden ill health or medical conditions.
  • Working with hazardous machinery or chemicals.

For your lone workers to be protected from the above, a risk assessment should be conducted.

Where to start

You can start by downloading our risk assessment template which is prepopulated with hazards associated with lone working. Once you’ve downloaded the template, try following these steps: 

  1. Identify the risks – look closely at work activities that could cause harm to your employees and others.
  2. Determine who might be harmed and how – consider who might be affected by the risks you have found. People affected can include employees, clients, and members of the public.
  3. Evaluate the risks and take precautions – determine the control measures you can implement to minimise the risk.
  4. Record your findings – write down all your findings and implement them to avoid future harm.
  5. Review your assessment and update it if necessary – ask your employees to inform you of any additional hazards/risks they face so they can be included in the assessment.

Need help?

We would be happy to assist you with creating a lone worker risk assessment if you need help. Contact us at 0333 7729402 or email alicia@first2helpyou.co.uk.