What is a Lone or Remote Worker?
What is a Lone or Remote worker?
A remote worker, lone worker, Isolated worker, and field worker are all terms used to describe an employee who works alone. Often, these workers suffer from extra risks because of this and need extra safety measures as well.
An article by OHS Reps goes into detail about the risk a remote worker may face, stating that:
“People who work alone could be at increased risk through using machinery or handling chemicals without help or being placed under stress through social isolation. But, in legal terms, there is no simple answer which applies in all circumstances.”
The Legal Requirements for a Remote Worker
There is no law that prevents employees from working alone, in many circumstances it is safe to do so. But lone working employees need the same level of safety as their non-lone working colleagues. Being a remote worker doesn’t mean you should compromise on your personal safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) states that:
- The likelihood of the hazard or risk concerned occurring
The degree of harm that might result from the hazard or risk
What the person concerned knows, or ought to reasonably know, about the hazard or risk, and ways of eliminating or minimising the risk
The availability and suitability of ways to eliminate or minimise the risk, the cost associated with the available ways of eliminating or minimising the risk, including whether the cost is grossly disproportionate to the risk.
Who Is At Risk?
- Taxi drivers
- Social workers, institution staff, community workers
- Electrical/maintenance workers
- Emergency services, security workers
- Farm/forestry/horticultural workers
- Home help, care assistants, cleaners
- Lab workers
- Meter readers, delivery, postal workers
- Nursing staff
- Parking attendants
- Shop/service sector workers
- Public workers
- Transport workers
Do You Employ a Lone or Remote Worker?
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