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Six practical tools to manage the risk of remote and isolated work

1.)    Implement effective Communication Systems: including Personal Security Systems, Radio Communication Systems, Satellite Communication Systems, Distress Beacons, Mobile Phones, Pagers

2.)     Buddy System: During remote or isolated work ensure that workers have a ‘buddy’ – a colleague to escort them when they are undertaking that job. It is safer to work in numbers when undertaking this type of work and ensures that there is someone close if an incident was to occur

3.)     Workplace Layout and Design: An assessment of the workplace and design is recommended before a worker undertakes a piece of work. This will identify if there are any potential hazards to make the worker aware of and also assess what safety procedures are already in place.

4.)     Movement Records: Movement records can be created internally and should be kept updated with all worker movements outside the workplace. Movement records are also kept by the Government and track the arrival and departure of travellers to Australia. These records’ include details about the traveller and are a good way of tracking overseas work.

5.)     Training, Information and Instruction: training, information and instruction should be suitable, adequate; and readily understandable, having regard to; the nature of work carried out by the worker; the nature of the risks associated with the work; and implemented control measures.

6.)     Emergency Plans: Based on the type of work, location and size of the workplace a comprehensive emergency plan should be created which includes an effective response to an emergency, evacuation procedures, notification of emergency services at the earliest opportunity, medical treatment and assistance protocols

Source: WorkPro’s ‘Working alone, isolated work and remote work’ ebook. Download here.


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