Aim and scope of the course

Before addressing the hazards and risk of lone working, let’s define what lone working is. UK Health and Safety Executive defines lone working as “those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision”. Now the definition clearly indicates the person working alone does not necessarily have to be in complete isolation all the time.


Here is the list of workers who may work alone;

  • Maintenance workers
  • Cleaning staff
  • Social care workers
  • Community workers
  • Personal advisor and assistants
  • Survey and inspection staff
  • Drivers
  • Night shift workers 


Aims of the course

This training course is aimed to provide information about specific hazards and risk of lone working. We will also cover preventive and protective control measure examples, which can be implemented to effectively control these hazards and associated risks.


Scope of the course

The scope of the course is not industry or profession specific. Meaning, any activity that falls into the definition of “lone working” as stated above is covered under the scope of the course. During your study, you will come across the examples of maintenance, social care, medical staff.


Important notice

Please, note in the course of the training, the terms “lone” and ”alone” will be used interchangeably without a difference in the meaning.