How to Improve Lone Worker Safety

‘Working alone’ is working anywhere a person is unable to get immediate assistance from colleagues or other people.

Experts in lone worker monitoring

To ensure the safety and well-being of employees who work alone without immediate supervision or assistance from coworkers, it is imperative to improve lone worker safety. Here are several methods to improve the safety of individuals when working alone, whether they are employed remotely, in the field, or in distant areas.

Risk assessment:

To discover possible risks that lone employees may run into, do a comprehensive risk assessment. The first step in developing efficient safety measures is recognising the dangers associated with their job and workplace.

Training and Education: Provide thorough instruction on safety measures, emergency protocols, and risk reduction techniques to lone employees. Make sure they are knowledgeable on the dangers they can meet and how to manage various circumstances.

Plan for an emergency response: Create a plan that is both explicit and widely understood. Lone employees need to be aware of who to call in an emergency, how to get in touch with them, and what to do to be safe.

Equip lone employees with trustworthy communication tools, such as two-way radios, mobile phones, or satellite phones, as appropriate.

Training and Education:

Give lone employees thorough instruction on safety practises, emergency procedures, and risk reduction techniques. Make sure they are knowledgeable on the dangers they can meet and how to manage various circumstances.

Emergency Response Plan:

Make sure your emergency response strategy is understood by everyone. Lone employees need to be aware of who to call in an emergency, how to get in touch with them, and what to do to be safe.

Communication Devices:

Equip lone workers with reliable communication devices, such as two-way radios, cell phones, or satellite phones, depending on their location. This enables them to stay in touch with supervisors or a central monitoring system.

Check-In Procedures:

Put in place routine check-in protocols that require lone employees to update their status at preset times. If a check-in is missed, it may set off an alarm for more research.

Personal Alarms and Devices:

Provide solo workers with personal safety devices, such as panic buttons or wearable alarms, that they can use to call for help in case of an emergency.

The SafeTCard lone worker monitoring solution is the most comprehensive way to protect your staff. Created to give employers in Australia effective means to meet their duty of care as well as to improve the safety and productivity of the lone workers they employ. A SafeTCard solution is the first line of assistance should an isolated worker require it – either through their safety being compromised, or if they simply require monitoring for a period of time because of a perceived risk.

Training in Self-Defence and First-Aid:

Providing training in self-defense techniques and basic first aid can empower individuals to protect themselves and others during emergencies.

Technology and IoT Solutions:

Explore the use of technology and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, such as isolated worker safety apps or wearable devices with GPS tracking, to monitor and respond to a variety of situations when at work.

Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your employees.

Examples of who is at risk

Abusive customers, road rage, violence

Abusive / violent patients / clients/ relatives, manual handling (lifting) injuries

Electric shocks, trips, cuts, falls, accidents, confined spaces

Abuse, violence, robbery, traffic hazards, accidents, biological hazards, falls, burns, toxic exposures

Animal attacks, weather, machinery accidents, chemicals, falling trees

Falls, injury, lifting, injuries from garbage handling, infections, needle sticks, chemicals, violence, robbery

Adverse behaviour

Animal attacks, abusive customers, violence, robbery, accidents

Manual handling injuries, abusive/violent patients, drug handling, robbery, violence

Robbery, violence, abuse, vehicle fumes

Robbery, violence, abuse, manual handling injuries

Confined spaces, toxic gases, biohazards, slips and falls

Abuse, road rage, violence, robbery, road accidents, falling asleep at the wheel

Learn more about our lone worker safety protection solutions by calling our friendly team today on 07 40 374 800, and discover how they can help to keep you and your team safe when working alone.