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Lone working policy checklist

Make it Legal™ Checklist

Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

Read the lone working policy to make sure it meets your needs. Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

Just having a lone working policy doesn’t mean you’ve complied with your legal obligations. Make sure that the commitments in your policy can reasonably be met, and make a plan for implementing them. In particular, be sure to meet your health and safety commitments as an employer. Make sure that you carry out the risk assessments you’ve committed to carrying out in this policy. For more information, read Health and safety.

Make the lone working policy available to employees by, for example, including it in induction packs or employee handbooks, providing it in hard copy, sending it out by email, putting it on notice boards or an intranet site, or other easily accessible computer systems.  

The lone working policy is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by the employee. You can ask employees to sign an acknowledgement to show that they have received it, but it’s not legally required.

The lone working policy incorporates statutory requirements related to health and safety. You should regularly review your policy (eg once each year) to ensure that it stays up to date.

You should download and keep a copy of your lone working policy, either electronically or in hard copy. If any amendments are made to the copy, you should store all versions and record when the changes occurred. 

A copy of the lone working policy will also be stored under ‘My Documents’ in your Rocket Lawyer account.

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