Lone Working

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. The extent of supervision required depends on the risks involved and the ability of the lone worker to identify and handle health and safety issues.

Examples include a person working alone for a long period of time, working outside normal working hours and mobile workers that work away from the University campus.

Within the University this could include, for example, working alone in a laboratory, workshop or office and work off campus including fieldwork activities, carrying out research in the community, travel etc.

The Health and Safety Guidance on working alone details that in itself, working alone is not against legislation and is often safe to do so however there is a legal requirement to carefully consider, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone.

Further information on Lone Working can be found in the University Lone Working Procedure‌‌

Staff that are working outside normal working hours or in isolation should refer to the ‘Out of Hours Work’ section below.


Out of Hours Work

Staff that are working outside normal working hours or in isolation should contact the 24 hour security number on 0141 331 3787.

Security require specific information to ensure the system operates effectively and staff should provide the following information when they call:

Prior to Lone working period starting

Contact Security on 0141 331 3787

Provide the following information:

  • Name and job title
  • Current location, working location (if different) and timescale, for example, I will be in room M616 from 12:00 until 21:00 hours
  • Contact phone numbers - office and mobile number (optional)
  • Working in isolation or with others? (if with others all details are required)

Security will agree contact or patrol times with the lone worker, for example check via patrol or use of phone every 30 minutes.

During Lone working period

Contact security on 0141 331 3787 at the agreed time intervals (eg. every 30 minutes) and if there is any change in circumstance.

  • If the lone worker does not contact Security at the agreed time interval, security will via phone and if required patrol.
  • If the lone worker cannot be contacted, their mobile number will be contacted (where details have been supplied).
  • Where there is no reply then security will progress to a security incident report

End of Lone Worker period

Lone worker to phone Security on 0141 331 3787 when leaving the campus.

If the lone worker does not contact Security when leaving the protocol detailed in the ‘during lone working period’ will be instigated.

Resource Links

Further guidance on the legal and general requirements of lone working can be found in the HSE guidance, Working Alone: Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working.

Advice on personal security when working alone is also available from the http://www.suzylamplugh.org/



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  • Lone Working