When you work alone, you may lack the support needed to properly respond to any incidents that occur on the job.
Across all industries, certain employees may be required to work alone. Whether it's due to staff shortages, late-night shifts or the nature of the job itself, those who work alone tend to be more vulnerable.
For example, if you work alone, you may lack the support needed to properly respond to any incidents that occur on the job, let alone receive the necessary assistance. In addition, if there is only one worker present at a location, members of the general public may feel they can more easily get away with certain crimes, such as robbery or physical assault.
As an employee working alone, it's important to request that your employer does the following:
- Conduct a workplace hazard assessment of all potential risks you as a lone worker may face.
- Develop and implement workplace safety procedures tailored to the risks you face as a lone worker.
- Ensure all workers receive proper training, and determine a schedule for refresher training.
- Provide you and other employees that work alone with the appropriate protective clothing, protective barriers and escape routes.
For additional protection, work out a check-in procedure with your employer so that they are updated on what you're working on and your whereabouts.