Lone working is where a person undertakes a specific activity unaccompanied or without immediate access to another person for assistance.
Lone working is NOT where individuals experience brief situations in which they find themselves alone, but where individuals are knowingly placed in circumstances where they work without direct or close supervision.
The responsibility for ensuring safe systems of work are implemented for lone working lies with the person who manages the work. This responsibility cannot be delegated to the lone worker although they will ultimately be the person implementing it.
The procedure for assessing lone working is a risk assessment. The lone working approval form and risk assessment form are available from the University Health and Safety Services website .
Further details and guidance about Lone Working is available from the Health and Safety Services website: http://wsh.leeds.ac.uk/info/194/lone_working/116/lone_working.