Lone worker according to the law
What do we call a lone worker ? What does the law say ? What is lone worker protection ?
What do we call a lone worker ?
Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision and cannot be rescued quickly.
What is lone worker protection ?
Lone worker protection is a device for lone worker. It enables him to alert the emergency services in the case of a problem.
Legal regulation alerts against risks of lone worker accidents. Laws, decrees law codes, require that employers shall provide and maintain so far as is reasonably practicable for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health and they have a legal duty to provide facilities for first aid.
According to the European Union, the directive 2007/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 89/391/EEC :
European countries were asked to take necessary measures to respect this directive at the latest
on December, 31st 2012. This directive concerns the improvement of the employee's health and safety.
The United Kingdom
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:
"It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees."
Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999:
"Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work."
Other acts & regulations in the UK: The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
Health and Safety (Offences) 2008
The law n°102/2009 (10th September) adapts the directive 2007/30/EC about health and safety at work.
According to the SECO*: "For each person working alone, it is necessary to create the possibility of calling for help in case of need near their workstation, either using a phone, a device, a cable or radio alarm or even through a monitoring system. "
*State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
General regulations for the protection of work Title II / Chapter I / Section IX / Article 54ter:
"Any worker employed in isolation has the appropriate means of alarm in the circumstances. No work to be performed in hazardous conditions should be entrusted to a lone worker. The presence of another person who can quickly give the alarm is necessary."
The lone worker safety regulations are based on the current legal and occupational requirements (Rules 112-139 of the German Social Accident Insurance).
The NTP 344, takes into account lone workers situation:
"The company must put in place systems that provide faster and more efficient assistance for people who work alone."
According to Article 29(1), "if an employee works alone and as a result the work entails evident hazards or risks to the employee’s safety or health, the employer shall ensure that the hazard or risk is avoided or minimized while the employee is working alone."