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Health & Safety


To reduce the risk for people working alone we carry out a risk assessment.

All available information should be taken into account and risk assessments should be updated as necessary.

In any situation where an employee or volunteer is operating alone and feels unsafe, they must remove themselves from that situation immediately and report the incident to their line manager or supervisor.

The full policy is shared via internal systems.

Health & Safety

As a service we will work inline with HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics:

  • Prevent accidents and work related ill health
  • Manage health and safety risks in the workplace
  • Provide clear instruction and guidance to ensure employees can complete their work competently and safely.
  • Maintain healthy and safe working conditions
  • Consult employees on issues affecting their health and safety
  • Maintain safe equipment
  • Implement emergency procedures as appropriate
  • Ensuring health and safety policies and procedures are put in place in everyday working practises.
  • Consulting staff on issues that affect their health and safety
  • Sharing health and safety good practise and procedure to all staff
  • Complete and enact risk assessments as required

All employees should:

  • Co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety matters;
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety; and
  • Report all health and safety concerns to their line manager.
  • Complete online health and safety training
  • Follow all health and safety policies and procedures for the settings they work in.
  • Complete lone worker training

Definition – The Health and Safety Executive defines lone workers as those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. For example:

  • People working separately from others in a building
  • People who work outside ‘normal’ hours
  • People who work away from their fixed base without colleagues
  • People who work at home other than in low risk, office-type work

Potential Hazards of Working Alone – People who work or volunteer alone will of course face the same risks in their work as others doing similar tasks. However, additionally they may encounter the following:

  • Accidents or sudden illnesses when there is no-one to help
  • Fire
  • Violence or the threat of violence
  • Lack of safe way in or out of a building
  • Attempting tasks which cannot safely be done by one person alone