In this toolbox we will discuss the topic “solitary working”.
Solitary working occurs more often than you would expect. Solitary working means: “Working beyond the hearing or vision range of colleagues or line managers.” In case of danger or an accident, you will not be able to rely on colleagues. Employers are required to limit the risks of solitary working in order to prevent incidents. According to the Working Conditions Act, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work place; this also applies to solitary working. In certain situations, solitary working is prohibited.
According to the Working Conditions Decree, there is a ban on working solitary during:
When drafting a Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E), an employer must consider the risks employees working by themselves encounter and take appropriate measures against these.
The most important ones being: