A person is "alone" at work when they are on their own; when they cannot be seen or heard by another person.
It is important to consider all situations carefully. Working alone includes all workers who may go for a period of time where they do not have direct contact with a co-worker. For example, the receptionist in a large office building may be considered a "lone" worker. Alternatively, a construction worker who is doing work in a bathroom or other location that cannot be seen by co-workers may also be considered a lone worker. Other examples are gas station attendants, convenience store clerks, food outlet workers, taxi drivers, home care workers, social service workers, security guards or custodians.
While it is not always hazardous to work alone, it can be when other circumstances are present. Whether a situation is a high or low risk will depend on the location, type of work, interaction with the public, or the consequences of an emergency, incident, injury, etc. This wide variety of circumstances makes it important to assess each situation individually.
There are many steps that can be taken to help ensure the safety of the lone worker:
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
For more information about resources available at Humber, please visit the Public Safety Department website.
Campus Walk is a free service that provides a walking partner to students, employees and visitors who wish to be accompanied to their car, residence, transit stop or to the edge of Humber property.