Healthcare Lone Worker Safety

12 Sep 2020 - Flaaim
Categories: blog   Safety

Working alone is not unlawful, but an employer is required by the law to carry out a risk assessment audit in his or her organization before deploying a lone worker to the workstation. A lone worker is a worker who works without supervision or direct monitoring by the seniors. They do not have a working companion. Some lone health workers include lab technicians, clinic receptionists, a nurse on night duty, public health nurses and doctors visiting patients’ homes. Employees, on the other hand, are bound to adhere to specific rules and regulations while discharging their duties. Some of the safety regulations that employees need to note are as follows.

  1. Health workers should use tools and other equipment as per their training, and no one should use a piece of equipment without proper training.
  2. No worker should get intoxicated while on duty to the point of endangering their lives and any other employee or client who comes in contact with them.
  3. Workers should refrain from such conduct which could lead to bodily harm or fatal in the worst case.
  4. Health workers need to inspect the equipment they work with before commencing work and report any defects to the equipment.

It is lawful for employers to perform a one worker safety assessment before deploying any healthcare worker to work alone. Some of the things to look for are as follows.

After carrying out a risk assessment, the management must come up with mechanisms to ensure safety for the lone workers. It is not always possible to deploy a lone worker, and comprehensive policy should be put in place to govern one worker safety. Some of the measures that employers and healthcare management in consultation with employees can have in place are as follows.

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