Working alone plan

Departments are required to develop and implement a written Working Alone Plan for those activities that fall into a moderate risk category (see Risk Assessment) and where employees are directed to work alone.  Although there is no specific format for a Working Alone Plan, it should address the following information:

  • Name of individual or job positions that are required to work alone.
  • Identification of the hazards and risks associated with the work activities and/or the environment where the work is to be performed.
  • Identification of which type of activities may be conducted while working alone, and stating any limitations and/or prohibitions on certain activities.
  • Procedures to control (minimize) the identified risks. This will involve implementing engineering and/or administrative controls (see Control Measures for more information).
  • Methods of communication by which employees can secure emergency assistance and how emergency assistance will be provided in the event of an incident or accident.
  • Establishing the frequency of regular communications and identifying who is responsible for establishing contact.
  • Procedures to follow if contact cannot be established.

The supervisor must review the departmental Working Alone Plan with their employees and ensure that any job-specific training is provided before they are directed to work alone.  The plan should also be reviewed annually and updated for any changes in activities or procedures.