As safety and health professional, we sometimes struggle with how to identify lone workers in the workforce or how to control the hazards they face through written safety policies and procedures or emergency management plans. As the internal and external threats to employees change, the identification and classification of who is a lone worker also changes. The lone worker is no longer confined to those working in hazardous situations or with hazardous materials, but can affect personnel in a wide range of industries such as municipalities, manufacturing, oil and gas/pipeline, utilities, agriculture or schools.
Session 615, “The Lone Worker is Changing, Are You?“, taking place June 21 at Safety 2017 promises to educate attendees on the current understanding of a lone worker and implement a lone worker policy. This session, presented by Nicole J Holm, CSP and Nicole A. Coughlin, MBA, ASP from IMA, Inc., will cover how companies may want to change the definition of a lone worker, how to conduct a lone worker hazard assessment to quantify the level of exposure in their workplace, and ways to control the risk exposure through safety policies and procedures or their emergency management plans.