Lone working

Line managers must ensure that there are arrangements in place to address any health and safety issue arising from employees undertaking 'lone working'. In this context 'lone working' means someone working on their own without access to immediate support from colleagues and/ or supervisors and could include staff working from home.

Line managers should identify which members of their staff are required to work on their own for the whole or part of their working time.

As part of the risk assessment of any given work activity, line managers must consider whether 'lone working' increases or creates additional risks.

Arrangements for lone working should include, where applicable, means of monitoring and communicating with the lone-working employee, both routinely and in emergencies, e.g. a system of logging in and regular checking on the condition of lone workers, especially those who are required to work outside normal hours. They should also include arrangements for dealing with emergencies, e.g. how the lone worker raises the alarm and summons assistance.

Staff working on their own in their offices on campus 'out of hours', i.e. after 7pm on weekdays or any time at weekends, should inform security staff on the main reception desk, so that security are aware of their location in the event of an emergency (staff working out of hours in buildings not managed by the LSE should inform the staff on the reception desk of those buildings).

Staff who conduct Fieldwork should refer to the USHA and UCEA guidance on safety in fieldwork in the UK and overseas (PDF).