The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines lone workers as those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.

Employers must ensure that lone workers are at no more risk than other workers. Therefore, potential hazards that relate specifically to lone workers must be assessed by employers and appropriate action taken to reduce the risks. This topic outlines the steps that employers must take to prevent harm to employees who are lone workers.

Employers' Duties

There is no general legal prohibition on lone working but the broad duties of health and safety legislation apply.

In dealing with lone working, employers must:

  • understand their legal responsibilities as an employer

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