Lone working can be undertaken in a variety of workplaces, including home working or working from someone else’s premises. Lone working poses intrinsic risks to health and safety, which can normally be effectively managed through good risk assessment and planning processes.
In some situations, a lone worker may be particularly vulnerable, in which case particular care must be taken. For example, those who have a significant pre-existing health condition or where the nature of the work may pose specific risks to those with health issues or a disability. This is especially important when planning for foreseeable incidents and emergencies.