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HSE sets out new advice for protecting lone workers

Operators are being urged to review their arrangements for protecting lone workers - such as workshop staff and drivers - by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which has published revised guidance.

Lone workers can be at greater risk of harm as they may not have anyone to help or support them if things go wrong.

Employers should provide training, supervision, monitoring and support for those working alone.

Its revised leaflet is for anyone who employs lone workers, or engages them as contractors etc, including self-employed people or those who work alone. The updated guidance contains:

  • a new section on how to protect lone workers from the risk of work-related violence
  • more information on how managers should keep in touch with lone workers
  • new advice on the impact lone working can have on stress, mental health and wellbeing

The leaflet is supported by lone working webpages which include advice aimed at lone workers themselves.

Rick Brunt, Head of HSE’s Operational Strategy Division, said: ‘This is an important piece of guidance which has been updated as the number of lone workers increases across all sectors, it will help employers manage risks and keep lone workers healthy and safe.’ 


Hear HSE speak about lone working at upcoming events

HSE's Head of Vulnerable Workers Barbara Hockey will be speaking at upcoming industry events about Lone Working and the updates to HSE Guidance: INDG73. 

Just follow the links for more information on how to attend: