They can go by different names, such as safety or work method statements or a plan of work. Whatever the name the aim remains the same. That is, to state how the hazard and risk controls identified in the risk assessment will actually be applied in practice. Read More
CDM Regs refers to the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations as amended in 2015 (CDM regulations 2015). They are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects and construction sites.
CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. The regulations were originally introduced in 1994 in compliance with European Directive 92/57/EEC. They were then revised in 2007 and again in April 2015. Read More
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The HSE say that the lone worker definition UK is:
A person who works by their self without close or direct supervision.
So ‘Is Lone working illegal?’ The answer is working alone is not in itself against the law and it will often be safe to do so. However, the law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone.
Some considerations for Lone workers or Home working
Lone workers are listed as those workers who either work unsupervised or have no direct supervision. There are an estimated 8 million workers that are classified as lone workers, representing nearly a quarter of the UK workforce.
Lone worker roles are many and varied and include traffic wardens, taxi drivers, lorry drivers, bus drivers, petrol station attendants and estate agents.
Other lone worker situations include those:
The Covid-19 pandemic has also created many more lone workers with the work from home policy. Risk assessing lone workers is essential as they face different hazards and risks than group workers.