Just because you’re working alone doesn’t mean you’re working without risk – in some cases, your risk may be even greater. Something goes wrong, no one’s there to help – that’s why employers should provide adequate training to ensure the health and safety of anyone working alone, such as by implementing a working alone policy.
Late-night retail workers, deliverymen, custodians, security guards, and many other professionals can be exposed to the risks of working alone on a frequent basis. Adapt these example steps in your own policy, to make sure your workers are safe and prepared:
Perform a hazard assessment of the workplace, to spot any potential areas of risk that are especially heightened when alone
Implement a coworker check-in policy, whereby late-night employees are contacted on a regular basis to make sure they’re safe – especially important in isolated environments.
Where possible, assign multiple personnel to a late-night or remote job.