Lone worker regulations
There are a number of regulatory bodies across the world who are responsible for reinforcing safe work environments. They will offer businesses advice on lone working and how you can manage lone worker safety.
What is the HSE responsible for?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland. The HSE is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and is a key source for lone worker safety information.
HSE lone working policy and procedure
According to the HSE, working alone is not in itself against the law and it will often be safe to do so.
However, the law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety lone working risks. Employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of all their workers. They also have responsibility for the health and safety of any contractors or self-employed people doing work for them.
These responsibilities cannot be transferred to any other person, including those people who work alone. Workers have responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and other people affected by their work activities and to co-operate with their employers in meeting their legal obligations.
Learn more about HSE lone working risk assessment
What is OSHA responsible for?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is run by the United States Department of Labor and was created to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. When taking about lone worker safety OSHA suggest the lone workers be checked on at regular intervals.
Regulatory bodies are also responsible for enforcing the law. They will often carry out safety inspections at work places and prosecute businesses that fail to comply to legislation.
To ensure you are complying to workplace safety legislation, find out what your responsibilities are as an employer.