What is lone working
If you were to have an accident, was unable to move to get help and unlikely to be found for a period of time, you are lone working. Others may be in the space but unaware of your presence, this is still lone working.
How to deal with lone working
You are responsible for your own health and well being at all times. If you are lone working in the space there are a few things you should do to reduce the risk associated with working alone.
- If possible avoid working alone, is there someone you could bring with you? (Whilst still complying with Government Covid-19 guidance)
- Make sure someone is aware of where you are and what time you are expected back
- Ensure you have a mobile phone on you so you can call for help if needed
- Only use equipment on which you have been trained and are comfortable using
- Ensure you are using the equipment properly, with guards in place and PPE worn
- If other members are in the space let them know you are about and what you are up to. Ask them to check up you before they leave.
Certain pieces of equipment should not be used if you are alone in the room. These are marked with signage and include but are not limited to:
- Table Saw
- Planer Thicknesser