Ideas and Insights
for Safety Champions

Lone Worker Safety: Navigating OSHA Regulations and Upholding Duty of Care

Lone worker safety is a crucial concern for employers, as these individuals face unique risks and demand specific measures to ensure their security and well-being. It's essential for employers to comply with their legal obligations, fulfilling their duty of care by taking reasonable precautions to safeguard lone workers from harm. 

To accomplish this, organizations must be well-versed in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, which establish and enforce safety standards to promote workplace safety and prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the United States. This article will examine key OSHA regulations relevant to lone worker safety, the significance of duty of care, and offer practical tips on safeguarding lone workers in the workplace.  

Developing a Safety Culture in a Team of Lone Workers

By Brye Sargent, CSP

The term “Safety Culture” is passed around as though it’s something an organization needs to create. Similar to a policy or procedure.  However, culture is not created.  It’s developed over time by the leadership team.  And a “Safety Culture” is not separate from the overall organizational culture.  Instead, it’s an element of it.