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Throughout this document the term “lone workers” refers to those members of the Trust’s staff who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. They include but not exclusively:

  • People in fixed establishments where only one person works on the premises e.g. in small workshops.
  • People who work outside normal hours as cleaners, security, shift workers, maintenance and repair staff.
  • Community nursing staff and similar professionals visiting domestic and commercial premises.



The purpose of this policy is to protect staff from the risks associated with working alone and to comply with current legislation.

The broad duties of The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) apply. These require that hazards found at work are identified and that the risks arising out of these hazards are assessed. These risks must then be controlled by appropriate measures such as:

  • Safe systems of work
  • The correct level of supervision or back up required.
  • Appropriate training, instruction and protective equipment
  • Emergency Procedures


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Colin Matthew, Health and Safety Advisor
Ratified by: Health and Safety Committee
Date Ratified: July 2015
Date Issued: November 2015
Review Date: July 2018
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Colin Matthew, Health and Safety Advisor


See also:

  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Policy for the Management of Violence and Aggression
  • Risk Assessment Tool
  • Education and Training Strategy