Exel Contracts Ltd, believes that lone workers should not be at more risk than other employees.
Exel Contracts Ltd also recognises that staff working alone need to rely on their own judgement and initiative and may be at a greater risk of making mistakes or errors.
High risk situations and prohibitions
For normal operations, the risk of lone working may be controlled in accordance with the risk assessment that will be undertaken by the Managing Director or Site Supervisor prior to the commencement of the works. This will further be assessed by IOSH trained administrators who prepare all Risk and Method Statements (RAMS).
In the following circumstances the deployment of lone workers will be prohibited if the operations are deemed to place the individual carrying out the work at too great a risk to be acceptable. These operations are described as follows:
All lone working situations will be identified and addressed by the Managing Director / Site Supervisor to ensure that a safe system of work is drawn up and implemented.
The basic premis of the procedure for controlling the risk from lone working is outlined below. (local variations will apply and it is up to the Managing Director to determine the exact extent to which this process is implemented). The following steps must be used as appropriate guidance towards achieving the correct standard of control.
Plan the working patterns carefully to minimise the amount of lone working (where possible)
as to what action to take.
Upon completion of the work, the following action should be taken.
If a lone worker fails to call into the central point of contact at the agreed time then it is the responsibility of the person performing this function to escalate the need to check on the lone worker. This can be done by re-directing other members of staff to the last known location of the lone worker to check on their whereabouts.
It will be the responsibility of the person acting as the central point of contact to co-ordinate any emergency response as needed.
The Site Supervisor, Managing Director and the Director must be informed of any emergency escalations, even if there was no further incident to report.
All members of staff carrying out lone working activities must be physically and medically fit.
All lone workers should carry a small first aid kit to deal with any minor incidents to prevent them from worsening, until they can get help. The kits must be carried at all times when carrying out lone working activities. Training in first aid techniques must also be provided.
All injuries sustained by any member of staff carrying out lone working operations must be considered as significant. These must therefore be reported to the person acting as the central point of contact as well as the Director Danniella Wiltshire
Date: 08 October 2021
To be reviewed: October 2022