We all have at one time or another had to work alone, and there are some College employees that find themselves working alone more often than others. Those employees might include those working outside normal business hours, such as custodians, campus safety officers, maintenance staff, event or production staff or those working at offsite locations.
The Environmental, Health and Safety Committee would like you to discuss employees working alone in your areas and ways we can mitigate safety risks.
Safety. A Shared Responsibility.
Do you have employees who work alone, where only one person is in the office, on the premises, or is at an offsite location? Add this topic to your staff meeting; taking a moment to discuss it amongst your staff, identify potential hazards of the work, assess risks involved and discuss ways to avoid unsafe situations.
- Are there safety hazards to employees that work alone?
- Are there training needs for employees who find themselves working alone?
- How are employees who work alone being supervised?
- Are there procedures that are needed to ensure employees working alone remain safe?
- What happens if a person becomes ill, has an accident, or there is an emergency?
As a supervisor, ensure all relevant hazards have been identified, discuss ways to mitigate the risks such as training, supervision, personal protective equipment, and communication devices. Take appropriate action. We all share the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy campus.
Remember identifying risks and putting practices in place can be simple changes – awareness is the first step! Take the Enumclaw Campus as an example. In Enumclaw after the final class ends between 9-9:30 p.m., the last two employees to leave ALWAYS walk out together. It was easy to identify a potential problem (a single person in a parking lot late at night) and an easy practice to put in place.
Please share your concerns and fixes with your Environmental Health and Safety Committee representative.