New Year lone worker guidance from Trackplot
As we now enter a New Year with many of the same challenges that we faced in 2020 due to the latest lockdown restrictions, we have been reflecting on what we have learnt during the last 12 months and prepared 5 New Year recomendations for keeping your lone workers safe in 2021 and beyond.There has been and continues to be an increased focus on health and safety since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and we recommend that you:
1. Encourage communication with your workforce on health and safety issues, including any health conditions that may impact on their ability to lone work. As a employer you need to be aware of issues so you can establish the most appropriate controls to help keep all your workers safe.
2. Keep up to date with the latest health and safety guidelines, which continue to change as circumstances evolve, to ensure you comply. Both employers and lone workers have responsibilities and a duty of care for others around you.
3. Working outdoors in rural, isolated, or hazardous locations typically means the tasks being undertaken carry higher risks. Ensure that near misses or incidents that occur on site are reported immediately and update logbooks. This helps to identify new risks and informs any changes to your risks assessments so that the risks can be mitigated.
4. Ask workers to contribute to their risk assessment to ensure it is fit for purpose, understand what the risks are and how best to reduce them. Draw upon workers’ previous experiences to develop health and safety policies and procedures. Such advice will enable you to reduce risks by creating practical and robust health and safety protocols.
5. Use all the above information to assess lone worker needs, to identify if a lone worker monitoring solution is needed, and which option is the best fit. You need to be confident that the lone worker monitoring solution you chose is the most effective for your business.
How Trackplot can help in 2021
Our purpose at Trackplot is to help lone workers operating in rural, isolated and hazardous locations to keep safe and return home safely each day. We have designed our solution specifically for outdoor lone workers, who are typically exposed to environmental hazards, enabling them to keep in touch wherever they are.
To create a sensible approach to health and safety you need sound policies supported by practical actions. We are here to help you provide a safe working environment and we can use your risk assessments to scope a lone worker monitoring solution fit for your business operations. Our lone worker monitoring system is flexible and can be adjusted to suit each customer.