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The HSE defines lone workers as those members of staff who “work by themselves without close or direct supervision” ( This could be for part or all of the person’s working day and is when they do not have the immediate back up of a colleague.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1979 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers still have a duty of care towards lone workers as they are still affected by work related activities.

Lone Worker

This short course will therefore aim to show you ways of protecting lone workers and ways in which they could be at risk. It will also provide you with the answers to scenarios relating to lone workers that may not be obvious as to how to deal with them.

The course is beneficial to both small business employers and to lone workers themselves. It will address issues related to both of these groups. Throughout the course you can distinguish between which sections are aimed at which group by looking at the top right-hand corner, which will have the word 'employer', 'employee'or 'both'.