Lone Worker 101
Employers across North America are responsible for worker safety. And companies that employ Lone Workers are required to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their employees. So what does this mean for companies with employees who work away from the base office? What about employees who work on site but are isolated from other workers or supervisors? What if your employees work overnight and handle cash? Do you employ a team of workers who are stationed in a remote area? Are they considered lone workers?
The definition of a Lone Worker varies a lot from region to region, across different sectors, and from company to company. When we talk about a Lone Worker in terms of workplace safety, however, we can all understand it in the same way:
“Job activities carried out in isolation from other workers or without close supervision.” – service.gov.nl.ca
Are employees in your organization included by this definition? Let’s consider five different categories of Lone Workers: