400-1.6 Working Alone Policy

Posted on January 18th, 2012 by cal.

 

POLICY: A process to protect workers who must work alone

PURPOSE:

  • To provide a process that identifies the risks arising from working alone.
  • To provide an effective communication system that consists of:
    • Radio/telephone communication
    • Provide a process for regular contact with the worker
  • To ensure workers meet or exceed first aid qualifications for working alone.
  • To ensure first aid supplies meed or exceed the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (1996)
  • To ensure emergency response plans are established prior to the start of work (eg. RCMP contacts, locations of nearest health facility, emergency transportation availability).
  • To put forth guidelines when working in a hazardous situation where the workplace risk assessment requires the use of more than one worker.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

COUNCIL TO:

  • Ensure resources, training and emergency response plans are in place where workers are alone.
  • Ensure an effective communication system is in place for workers who are alone.
  • Ensure a process to establish and review standard operating procedures.

FOREMAN TO:

  • Ensure workers have the appropriate first aid training, certification and supplies.
  • Actively participate in the identification of risks associated with each activity before it starts and establish safe work procedures.
  • Once they have been identified all documentation will be given to the worker to ensure they are familiar with the proper procedure.
  • Make sure emergency response plans are prepared with the necessary contacts and that all workers have copies of the plans.
  • Ensure that the communication system is operational and workers have received adequate training.
  • Read, review, revise and understand applicable standard operating procedures.

WORKERS TO:

  • Actively participate in the identification of risks associated with each activity prior to commencement and establish safe work procedures.
  • Read, review, understand and follow the established working alone policy, procedures and necessary emergency response plan.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANT/COORDINATOR:

  • Recommend minimum training standards for workers who work alone.
  • Assist and advise with process, procedures and equipment to minimize or eliminate the hazards.
  • Assist and advise with preparing of emergency response plans.