What is health & safety?
What is meant by Health and Safety? Health refers to our general well being. It means that we have a positive sense of mental, physical and social well being. Safety is a feeling of security where we can work without fear of danger or injury.
Lone worker safety is our priority
At Trackplot we are primarily concerned with safety, in particular outdoor lone worker safety. Looking after Health and Safety makes good business sense. Workplaces which neglect health and safety risk prosecution, may lose staff, and may increase costs and reduce profitability. Prevention is definitely better than cure.
Watch this video to understand the law and an employer’s duty of care:
Why is health & safety important?
The importance of health and safety in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Over 100 people are killed each year in accidents at work and nearly 700,000 are injured. The purpose of health and safety is to protect your workers, contractors, customers and members of the public when they are involved with your business.
There are specific health and safety laws and it is part of being a good employer to make sure your staff aren’t at risk of injury as a result of the work they do for you. Organisations that disregard the law face lower staff retention rates and lower profitability. Even worse, poor health and safety can lead to illness, injury and even death – you can be prosecuted for breaching health and safety regulations which can lead to fines, imprisonment and the loss of your business altogether.
Lone worker definition
What is a lone worker? Businesses are often confused as to whether they employ or engage lone workers or not. A lone worker is someone who works by themselves without a colleague. Lone workers can be found in a wide range of sectors and situations from construction and highways; agricultural and forestry workers; community service workers such as healthcare workers, drivers and couriers; to professionals visiting premises such as sales representatives, architects and estate agents. They may work from home, from a fixed base or they may be mobile workers in different locations each day.
Lone workers include employees, volunteers, contractors and self-employed people.
The facts about working alone
Why do lone workers need to be treated differently? Because there will always be greater risks for lone workers without direct supervision or anyone to help them if things go wrong.
The latest HSE lone workers guidance “Lone working: Protecting those who work alone” highlights that the main risks facing a lone worker depend on their working environment, the risk level of their job, stress and other health factors.
We have outlined 3 key points in our “Outdoor lone worker risks” article for you to consider:
- Working alone brings its’ own risks
- High risk activities and environmental hazards
- Remote regions