Addressing Work Alone Duty of Care
Could your employees obtain assistance if they were threatened, injured
or ill while working alone or at remote worksites? They could with GeoPro.
It’s vital to ensure the safety of lone workers
Working alone can put employees at greater risk if their health or safety is threatened. In most regions, employers have a legal and moral duty to assess the hazards they may face and take every precaution to ensure their safety. Employees in many sectors are required to work alone or at remote or isolated work sites that may increase the risk to their well-being:
- Health care providers, social workers, correctional officers are often required to work in homes or other worksites not controlled by their employer
- Maintenance workers may be required to work in confined spaces that increase their risk
- Forestry, mining, energy, environmental employees and others may be required to work at isolated work sites that are beyond the reach of landline or cellular communications coverage
And because GeoPro supports a two-way system of communication between safety monitors and employees, it addresses even the most rigorous Occupational Health and Safety, and Work Alone regulations. It’s a good idea to consult the applicable legislation to ensure you understand your legal duty of care. In the absence of a legal duty of care, we have a moral duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect lone workers.
Definition of a Lone WorkerA lone worker is generally described as an individual working without close or direct supervision, that does not have visual or audible contact with another who can provide or call for assistance in the event of an emergency, injury or illness.
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Canadian Work Alone Legislation WhitepaperRead the complete whitepaper for more insight into the laws at the provincial and federal level
Canadian lone worker laws
Most of Canada’s workforce falls under the jurisdiction of the province or territory in which they work. Each jurisdiction has a distinct OHS Act, and nearly all have specific Lone Worker laws. These generally obligate employers to:
- Conduct a hazard assessment and take all reasonable precautions to eliminate or minimize the hazard
- Provide an effective means for the employee to communicate the need for assistance and obtain it if required
- Maintain a system of regular contact to check on the well-being of employees