Lone Working Safely

This practical interactive workshop offers the opportunity for lone workers to consider the risks and plan proactive strategies to help maintain their own safety and wellbeing.

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Lone Working Safely

This practical interactive workshop offers the opportunity for lone workers to consider the risks and plan proactive strategies to help maintain their own safety and wellbeing.

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision and lone working may increase the level of risk in several areas including violence and aggression, medical emergency, falls and stress. It requires workers to be sensitive to their surroundings, their own competencies, the changing situations and the risks they may encounter.

Lone workers need the skills to be able to assess risks, adapt their own behaviours and take steps to stay healthy and safe where necessary.

This workshop focuses on actions and measures that can be implemented in many situations that lone workers may face and will be tailored to the job roles of the lone workers attending.

Why choose the British Safety Council?

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    We are one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations

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    Our tutors have many years’ experience in managing lone working risks and are also great facilitators

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    No 'death by PowerPoint' – this workshop is student-centred, interactive and outcome-based

Who would take this course?

Anyone who works alone as part of their role and needs to consider practical steps to reduce the risks to their safety and wellbeing. This may include those who work alone in industrial settings or who work remote from their base, perhaps in the community or entering other people’s homes or territories (UK and overseas).

Most common job titles of students

Varies enormously (hence course will be tailored for job roles):

Front of house / hospitality
Housing officers or housing support staff
Medical staff – community, GP and hospital-based
Teachers and support staff
Utilities workers
Transport workers – delivery drivers, revenue protection, inspectors
Security and guarding
Sales representatives
Maintenance staff
Forestry and park wardens

Learning outcomes

Core knowledge

Upon completion of the core knowledge element of the workshop, learners will:

  • Understand how lone working increases certain risks and subsequent consequences
  • Understand their rights and responsibilities as a lone worker
  • Understand how to improve their situational, behavioural awareness and utilise a dynamic risk assessment to identify potential risks
  • Understand and consider when and how they may apply ‘stopping rules’ and report their concerns
  • Develop their own action plan of proactive and practical strategies to stay safe when lone working.

To tailor the full-day training we can add up to two modules of between 1.5 and 3 hours each (depending on the breadth and depth of knowledge required and specific topic content). Note: We will need to discuss the additional modules required with the client prior to agreeing the full-day workshop content.

Additional Modules

  • Travelling when lone working (can include, public transport, driving, etc.)
  • Lone working in industrial situations – specific risks and controls
  • Home visiting – specific risks and controls
  • Working in the community – specific risks and controls
  • Dealing with potentially aggressive situations – personal strategies and skills
  • Staying away for business (UK and abroad)
  • Managing your own stress levels – recognising the signs and practical tips to reduce stress
  • The importance of staying in touch – the use and limits of lone worker safety devices and systems

In your workplace

This workshop is best delivered in a full-day comprising a ‘core knowledge’ element plus additional modules chosen to meet the specific needs of the client.

If necessary, we can deliver the half-day ‘core knowledge’ workshop only.

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    Cost-effective option for a group of managers

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    Discussions can be company-specific

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    Opportunity to share concerns and ideas and work on solutions during the day

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    Expert advice from an independent practitioner