Managing Health at Work Partnership Information Network (PIN) Guideline

This Guideline emphasises the need for employers to promote and support employee health and wellbeing and includes sections on issues that affect the health and safety of staff in their everyday work.


Annex 1
Identifying lone workers

Staff group

Example occupations


Staff working alone in fixed establishments

  • Reception staff

  • Boiler-house staff

  • Facilities and maintenance staff

  • Radiographers


Staff working outwith normal work hours

  • Domestic staff

  • Transport staff

  • Nursing and medical staff


Mobile workers working away from their fixed basestaff

  • Community nursing and midwifery

  • Chiropody and podiatry staff

  • Speech and language therapy staff

Annex 2
Sample risk assessment for domiciliary visits
assessment form
Annex 3
Sample risk assessment for working alone in buildings
assessment form


The A - Z Guide to Health and Safety, Croner Group Ltd, Surrey, 2001, Product Code EHS

Health and Safety Executive

Working alone in safety: Controlling the risks of solitary work, HSE Books, London, 1998, ISBN 0717615073 Also available at:

Recommended further reading

Royal College of Nursing and the NHS Executive

Safer Working In The Community: A Guidefor NHS Managers and Staff on Reducing theRisks from Violence and Aggression, RCN, London, 1998, ISBN 187 385 2304

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Personal Safety at Work: Guidance For All Employees, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, London 1998 (No ISBN)


Working Alone: A Health and Safety Guide On Lone Working for Safety Representatives, UNISON, London, 2000, Product Code 1750

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