Lone Working Policy

By nature, lone working increases the level of risk posed to workers because they are more vulnerable to harm, have no back-up and no witnesses. In order to ensure the safety of staff procedures must be put in place to minimise and manage risk posed by lone working.  
  
Working alone is the most appropriate method of delivering training to our client group.  We train individuals in their own home to ensure they have access to training and development.

Procedure:

BCE’s communication systems and safety procedures are designed to monitor safety of staff and manage risk where presented.  These systems are reviewed annually, at the point of this policy being reviewed, to ensure that service delivery mechanisms minimise risk to lone-workers.

Read all risk assessments relating to an individual before supporting them; discuss any concerns with your line manager.

Carry their BCE mobile (fully charged) and identification at all times

Other safety precautions for every member of staff to consider:

  • If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Always be aware of possible escape routes
  • Ensure you have enough fuel in your vehicle
  • Plan your journey and ensure safety equipment is in the vehicle
  • Keep the vehicle doors and windows locked wherever appropriate
  • Park in well lit areas
  • If you are followed, drive to a Police Station, garage or place of safety – do not drive home
  • If travelling by bus, use well lit bus stops

Whilst BCE as an employer has a duty of care towards all staff, it must be recognised that each individual is responsible for their own safety and it is expected that this procedure is followed, along with any other reasonable steps, to ensure one’s own safety.

This procedure is used in staff induction

We review this policy for its effectiveness and any additional control measures will be put in place if required.

All employees who work alone are required to familiarise themselves with this procedure.