Country specific legislation
Health and safety legislation around the world is beginning to recognise lone working practices and understand that extra steps need to be taken to ensure lone worker safety.
Lone working law in Australia
As of 1st January 2014, it became compulsory under the OSH regulations for employers to monitor the health and well-being of any employees working remotely or in isolation. Effective communication systems must be in place for employees who work alone as well as access to assistance from emergency services.
Lone Working health and safety in New Zealand
Since the recent introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, employees are required to maintain regular contact with employees working alone or in isolation, or if impractical, they should check in with another person as regular intervals. The employer must also provide an effective means of getting help quickly in an emergency.
Lone Worker Legislation Canada BC
Under section 4.21 of the BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, employers operating in Canada must have procedures in place for checking the well-being of employees assigned to work alone or in isolation. Communication must be maintained throughout the day with a final check-in completed when the employee safely completes a session of working alone.
Working alone regulations in Alberta
If an employer has staff who work alone, the OHS code requires the employer to conduct a hazard assessment, implement safety measures, maintain contact at intervals appropriate to the nature of the work and have an effective way of communicating with their employer during an emergency.
Lone Worker Legislation UK
UK legislation in yet to incorporate a lone worker policy statement, but guidance is offered by HSE.
HSE guidance advices employers to assess the risks associated with lone working, provide training and ensure there are systems in place to monitor their lone workers. HSE also place emphasis on the importance of maintaining regular contact with lone workers and providing them with a way to signal for help.
Lone Working Legislation USA
Health and safety legislation differs slightly across the US states and like the UK, USA health and safety legislation is yet to officially incorporate lone working. However, OSHA, the agency responsible for enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act across the US, cites having a work alone policy as a general duty.