About this Remote Work and Working Alone Checklist
This remote work and working alone checklist can be used to assist you to assess whether the risks associated with remote work or working alone are adequately managed.
There are not any hazards that are exclusive to working remotely or in isolation, however, working alone may increase the typical risks of a job.
When assessing remote work, the isolated area should always be considered in the context of the risk. Before any remote or isolated work is undertaken, a risk assessment should be completed specific to the task with consideration to:
- Work task location.
- The journey time and distance.
- Food and water supplies.
- Hygiene facilities.
- Environmental conditions.
- Scheduling of work times.
- Duration of the work task.
- Fatigue and fitness for work.
- Available means of communication.
- Suitability of a ‘buddy system’ for the lone worker.
- Available assistance and emergency situations.
What Needs to be Considered When Doing Remote Work or Working Alone?
Remote work (or isolated work) and and working alone can be described as work that is separated from the assistance of other people because of the location, time or nature of the work. Aspects that may need to be considered include:
- Has a risk assessment been undertaken to assess issues such as fatigue, hygiene, task duration, weather, food, water and the nature of the work etc?
- Have all identified hazards and risks been eliminated or adequately controlled?
- Has the person who is working remotely or alone been provided with adequate information, instruction and training to work safely?
Note: It is recommended that workers are not permitted to perform high-risk work’ while working alone.
Communication Methods for Remote or Work Being Undertaken Alone
- Is there a system in place for communicating with workers when they are working remotely or alone?
- Does the working alone system ensure that workers have a means of communicating in the event of an emergency? (e.g. mobile phones, radios and/or duress alarms)
- If the means of communication is vehicle-based, do the working alone procedures cover the person when they are away from the vehicle?
- Does the communication system require regular contact to be maintained with workers to ensure their safety?
- Is management aware of the location of all workers during remote work shifts?
Emergencies and Resources for a Remote Work Environment
- Is the worker provided with emergency supplies such as adequate food, drinking water and first aid equipment?
Tools, machinery and Equipment Supply and Use
- Are tools, machinery and equipment prepared and maintained?
- Is there a backup plan for breakdowns of machinery and equipment?
Why Download this Remote Work and Working Alone Checklist?
This remote work and working alone checklist can be used to assist you verify that the risks associated with employees working remotely or working alone are adequately managed.
With this remote work and working alone checklist you will be able to:
- Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own remote work and working alone checklist.
- Apply your own style, format and brand to the remote work and working alone checklist.
- Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.
Availability and Use of this Remote Work and Working Alone Checklist
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- No payment is required for this checklist and it will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
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