Who is a Lone Worker?

The number of people who are Lone workers has been steadily increasing for the last few years. Recently though, numbers have taken a drastic rise as a result of the pandemic. Who qualifies as a lone worker? A lone worker is classified as someone who works by themselves without close or direct supervision, where they …

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Lone Worker Legislation & Policy for the United States of America

Lone Working Legislation and Policy in the USA

Here is a summary of the lone worker legislation and policy in the United States of America including regulations and information about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Who are OSHA and what do they do? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is run by the United States Department of Labour and was created …

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Washington State Panic Button Legislation for Hotel, Motel, Retail Workers, Security Guards and Janitors

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This year Washington State has introduced state law intended to protect workers in the hospitality industry from sexual harassment and assault. What is the new Washington State Panic Button Law? A provision of the law (RCW 49.60.515) was passed to protect isolated workers in certain workplaces from sexual harassment and assault and requires affected employers to …

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Lone Worker Protection for Staff and Students in American Universities

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Learn about UCLA’s study that influenced policies and guidelines for American universities – now used to protect lone worker staff and students when working alone. How a horrific death lead to the commissioning of lab worker study In March 2011 the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) opened a Centre for Laboratory Safety. The centre …

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New Jersey’s Hotel Lone Worker Legislation

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New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill in June 2019 intended to help protect hotel housekeeping and room service  workers against assault and harassment whilst working alone. Senate back new lone worker legislation “We must protect the safety of workers in the hospitality industry,” said Governor Murphy. “This new law will ensure that hotel employees …

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New U.S legislation for Lone Workers in Hotels and Casinos

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Two new laws are being introduced to help protect lone workers. Illinois Signed into Illinois state law on August the 9th 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the ‘Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act (S.B. 75)’ requires all employees working alone in guest rooms, restrooms or casino floors to be supplied with a safety or notification …

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National Hotels Pledge increased Safety with Panic Buttons for Hotel Workers

National Hotels Pledge 5-Star Promise -increased safety with panic buttons for hotel workers

In September 2018 a hospitality industry group, The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced the 5-Star Promise. The promise is a voluntary pledge by AHLA members to providing employee panic devices, having anti-harassment policies in place in multiple languages, and offering ongoing employee training and education on preventing and responding to sexual harassment. ¹ …

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Why Canada’s Agricultural Lone Workers need Protecting

Lone worker in a tractor spraying in a Canadian field

When compared with other Canadian industrial sectors, agriculture is a dangerous occupation. One way to bring down fatality numbers and improve safety for agricultural workers is to use a lone worker system. The Rising Rate of Agricultural Fatalities The most recent data available tells of 1,027 workplace related deaths across Canada throughout 2018 up from …

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Protecting Farm Lone Workers in Britain’s Most Dangerous Industry

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Farming and agriculture have been found to be Britains most dangerous industry. Farm workers often carry out their jobs alone which leads to many more incidents and fatalities. One way of bringing the numbers down and improving the safety of agricultural workers is to use a lone worker system. The Agriculture Fatality Rate Agriculture has …

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Lone Worker Solutions Can Help the Agricultural Industry Prevent Disaster

Farmer working on his own in a tractor while seeding crops in a field

Agriculture is the UK’s most dangerous industry. The introduction of a lone worker solution would allow farmers working in isolation to remain in contact with others and have their safety monitored. What the Health and Safety Executive’s report says about Agricultural Safety In the Health and Safety Executive’s report on ‘Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry …

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Legislation and Regulations for Lone Workers in Ireland

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Who are lone workers in Ireland? The Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (http://www.hsa.ie) identifies lone workers as those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. Anybody who works alone, including contractors, self-employed people and employee, is classed as a lone worker. Lone workers include: people in fixed establishments where only one person …

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