It’s estimated that over 6 million people are lone workers in the United Kingdom which is a significant proportion of the working population and employers have a legal responsibility and duty of care for these workers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines lone workers as those people who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.
Employers have no specific legal duties but they do have a duty of care responsibility. They must maintain safe working arrangements under the 1074 Health and Safety at Work Act.
Employers of lone workers must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out and strategies are implemented to provide a safe working environment for all lone workers. Where necessary lone workers should be given necessary training, information, systems, resources and equipment to minimise, monitor and supervise any exposure to risk and to ensure employers are able to stay in touch.