Lone working refers to workers who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.

Working alone where you cannot be seen or heard by another person sometimes bring additional hazards and risks that needs to be considered.

It is sometimes necessary to have employees working alone and, in some professions, it is more common. These include professions such as home care nurses, security guards and maintenance/repair worker amongst many others. However, in a lot of other jobs, it can be necessary to work alone or separate from others on occasions.

Working alone is not in itself against the law. However, employers are legally obligated to assess any health and safety risks and address them prior to personnel are allowed to work alone.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 requires employers to undertake a risk assessment where any lone working would need to be covered. The outcome of the risk assessment will determine whether or not an employee may work alone, or additional controls should be implemented.

Our lone working toolbox talk helps keep employees safe and reduce health and safety issues in workplaces where lone working happens or are required on occasions.

If you are considering our lone working toolbox talk, our Hazard Recognition Toolbox Talk might be of interest to you as well.

Items Covered in the Lone Working Toolbox Talk

Our lone working toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Definition of lone working and situations where it is required.
  • The Hazards: Outlined the hazards associated with working alone.
  • Control Measures: Covers the controls that can be used to mitigate risks around lone working.
  • The Law: List the regulations relevant to lone working.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Include a few questions to validate attendees understanding of the toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant hazards on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

Purchase our Lone Working Toolbox Talk to keep your employees safe, or take advantage of our toolbox talk packages which contains a range of our toolbox talks at a reduced price.