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Sample Content of a Working Alone Procedure Document

by NAPD | 2 min read

May 25th, 2020

It is always highly recommended that employers should try to avoid having employees working alone where at all possible. This is equally applicable to schools. An employee working alone may have an increased risk of having an accident or sustaining an injury and as always the employer is potentially liable. Furthermore, an employee may fall ill or indeed suffer an assault. We understand that circumstances will dictate that lone working is a necessity from time to time. In order to protect the school as best as possible, the school should always have an up to date working alone procedure. Employees must be aware of it and adhere to the guidelines. Below we have provided sample guidelines that we would expect to see. Schools can adjust as required for their own circumstances.

If it is deemed necessary and unavoidable, which may be the case for a caretaker, secretary, school leader or other member of staff, the following precautions should be observed: 

You should never work alone if you know you have a medical condition that might cause you to become incapacitated or unconscious. Also when working alone, do not attempt any tasks which have been identified as medium or high risk, or which common sense tells you are potentially hazardous given your own level of expertise and the nature of the task.

This guidance is for general information purposes only.

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