New lone worker safety guidance issued by HSE

In the last decade, the lone worker landscape has changed drastically.

With the growth of the gig economy and more ‘on-demand’ working, such as bicyclist delivery drivers and freelancers – and more organisations offering working from home to their employees, lone workers are growing in numbers, creating new challenges and responsibilities for employers.

With this in mind, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued new Lone Worker Safety Guidance for organisations to continue to protect their fleet of lone workers. 

The update comes as Barbara Hockey, Head of the Vulnerable Workers Team at HSE attended HSE’s Health and Safety Conference in 2018, opening her eyes to the breadth of challenges faced by lone workers. 

Barbara said: 

“During the day, listening to other presentations and talking to many of the delegates, I recognised that with the number of lone workers rising across all sectors, the different types of work that people are doing, the issues around the gig economy and the impact on mental health and wellbeing, that we [the HSE] needed to review what we offer, what we do and the advice that we give to employers.” 

HSE’s new guidance covers a range of new topics, such as: 

  • Who are lone workers and what jobs do they do? 
  • Changing ways of working – including working from home and the gig economy 
  • Stress, mental health and wellbeing – including stress management standards and mental health support 
  • Supporting non-native English-speaking lone workers 
  • Monitoring and keeping in touch 

At Safe Shores Monitoring, our mission is to keep lone workers safe using innovative, resilient and integrated safety monitoring systems and devices, supporting HSE’s new guidance. With 24-hour, all year-round support from our Alarm Receiving Centre, superior training packages and resilient services, Safe Shores Monitoring can ensure the safety of your lone workers. 

To find out more about how Safe Shores Monitoring will support your lone workers, click here.

To read HSE’s new Lone Worker Guidance, click here. 

You can also check out our free tools and resources: 

Lone Worker Risk Assessment Toolkit 

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