Working alone refers to employees in situations whereby they are out of sight and hearing of others and when they do not expect a visit from another person.
Working alone situations may arise while:
- working off site
- working in remote or isolated areas of the college
- working after hours [e.g. 6pm - 7am weekdays and anytime on weekends or holidays]
Working alone does not necessarily increase the risk of violence. Assess your situation to determine whether the risk is low, medium or high by considering factors such as:
- the type of work activity
- the amount of interaction with clients or public you will be having
- the consequences of an emergency
- time and distance to emergency communication
- time and distance from assistance
Working alone is prohibited under certain situations such as:
- Working in confined spaces as defined by occupational health and safety regulations.
- Working at heights where there is a hazard of falling more than 3 meters.
- Using a ladder exceeding 6m in length when the ladder is not securely fastened or is likely to be endangered by traffic.
- Working on live electrical equipment with nominal voltage of 300 volts or more, except while testing equipment or trouble-shooting
- Working on electrical transmission or outside distribution systems rated at more than 750 volts.
- Working with fast acting and acutely toxic chemicals
- Working with dangerous equipment that could cause critical injury.
- Working in a trench.