This health and safety programme has been designed to help increase personal safety during a working day. It has particularly been designed for people who work alone, away from a fixed workplace and away from co-workers.
Although personal safety at work is something that concerns everyone, lone workers are more vulnerable and at greater risk of violence and aggression.
This course will give you a good grounding in appropriate measures to ensure your personal safety: It looks at increasing observation and awareness of both your surroundings and the behaviour of those around you; building preparation into your daily routine and providing strategies to avoid threatening situations. Lone Working OUT of the Workplace also looks at what to do if things go wrong, and covers how to effectively use buddy and tracing systems.
If you are a lone worker but work alone in a fixed place at work, you might find our Lone Working IN the Workplace Training more relevant.
Lone Working OUT OF the Workplace: Course Contents
1. What is Personal Safety?
In this section we cover who is at risk and why; and who is responsible for safety during a working day. It looks at the importance of preparing for a visit and talks about trusting your instincts.
2. Practical Planning
This section covers the practicalities of getting where you are going. It includes making sure you are properly prepared – such as checking the battery in your mobile phone before you leave. It covers getting ‘there’ on foot, by car, using public transport, taxi and then what to do on arrival to stay safe.
3. Staying in control
This section is about being aware of the other person, recognising the signs of aggression early, defusing trouble and keeping control of a situation. We use actors to play out scenarios, making it really clear and easy-to-understand what’s going on. This section also shows ways to escape, including using personal alarms. Finally it explains how to report an incident.
4. Buddy Systems
When your work takes you away from a fixed base, for example making a home visit, there should be a system in place so that someone always knows the details of your visit – who you’re going to see, where and when you’re going and when you’re likely to be back. This is known as a tracing system or buddy system.
In this section we look at buddy systems and tracing systems and information that needs to be kept on file.
This section also includes a personal safety risk assessment which is your checklist to make sure that everything possible has been done to ensure you will be as safe as you can be on external visits. Your answers will highlight potential problems and can be used by your managers and safety representatives to improve your safety at work.
Duration: 35 Minutes
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