Best Practice: Lone Working

Working alone is common for many employees of a golf club, particularly if they are maintenance or green staff, and as recent events have shown it can also be high risk. 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 risks for people working alone. Establishing a healthy and safe working environment for lone workers can be different from organising the health and safety of other employees. They should not be put at more risk than other people working for you. It will often be safe to work alone. However, the law requires employers to think about and deal with any health and safety risks before people are allowed to do so. Things you should consider helping ensure lone workers are not put at risk include: assessing areas of risk including violence, manual handling, the medical suitability of the individual to work alone and whether the workplace itself presents a risk to them requirements for training, levels of experience and how best to monitor and supervise them making sure you know what is happening, including having systems in place to keep in touch with them Detailed guidance is available from the HSE here: -Working alone: Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working (Leaflet INDG73) and advice on personal security when working alone is also available from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
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