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Working Alone Safety program

Some job functions at The Ohio State University will be performed by lone workers. This program is to encourage awareness and promote safe work procedures for employees who work alone. Working alone describes situations during the course of employment when an employee is:

  • The only worker at the workplace
  • Not directly supervised by the employer
  • Working at a site where assistance is not readily available
  • In an area where direct contact with a co-worker is not available
  • In a dangerous area
  • Traveling away from the office to conduct work

The objective of the Working Alone program are to:

  • Identify hazards to workers working alone to eliminate, minimize or control them.
  • Provide assistance for workers working alone in the event of an accident or emergency
  • Identify responsibilities of employees and supervisors
  • Recognize who should not work alone
  • Provide training assistance.

Risk Assessment

Before allowing a worker to work alone, a risk assessment should be completed to include risks, such as:

  • Physical hazards
  • Chemical hazards
  • Use of tools or machinery
  • Possibility of violence
  • Fitness for duty
Some job functions include inherent hazards that will require more than one employee at the job. Some examples of work functions that present hazards requiring more than one worker include:
  • Permit required confined spaces
  • Work with high energy materials (radioactive, high temperature)
  • Cryogenic materials and process
  • Work with toxic gases, liquids and solids
  • High pressure or high voltage systems
  • Using fall arrest/restraint systems
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Shop machinery
  • Certain laboratory work

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FOR QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE OSU WORKING ALONE SAFETY PROGRAM FEEL FREE TO CONTACT OSU EHS AT 614-292-1284 OR VISIT:

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