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Monday, January 09, 2012

Are There Rules On Lone Worker Safety In The U.S.?

A lone worker (LW) is defined as an employee who performs an activity that is intended to be carried out in isolation from other workers, without close or direct supervision.

What do you think?

Janitorial and maintenance staff
may frequently be lone workers.
Are there standards, rules and regulations are there in the U.S. that specifically protect lone workers?  A quick search of the OSHA web site turned up nothing.  Are lone worker standards needed? Or are existing standards requiring safe work practices sufficient?

The United Kingdom has specific legislation and standards that are relevant to Lone Workers and their Employers.  Common practices used by companies to manage the personal safety of their Lone Workers are:
  • Conducting Risk Assessments
  • Documenting a Lone Worker Policy
  • Implementation of a Buddy System
  • Lone Worker Training
  • Conflict Management Training
  • Use of monitoring systems and equipment (Panic Alarms, Mandown (fall/impact) Detectors, Pendant Trackers)
What do you think? Add your comment using the "Add Comment" link below.

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Blogger SeriousTW said...

Existing OSHA rules are sufficient to protect lone workers except for security concerns. No rules will protect a worker from a robbery or people doing illegal activity.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anna Boyle said...

Lone workers security policy must be designed by every single country because in nights there are many security issues with a lone worker like thefts and robberies.
These days there are many security services are available for lone workers, and one of them is Lone Worker Security Alarms.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Bella Wilson said...

Lone working can be both threatening and at times dangerous, so the protection of lone workers is really very essential. For lone worker safety most of the companies use lone worker alarm system so that if any unwanted event occurs it can be monitored safely.
MCM - Lone worker alarm system

3:12 AM  

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