Remote Workers

Home-based or remote employees who have infrequent physical contact with management are not subjected to the same level of supervision as workplace-based staff. This could increase the chance of poorer standards of vehicle care and maintenance. The lack of supervision can result in other conditions such as work-related stress, fatigue and isolation. Remote workers may be subject to additional safety related risks, particularly in the aftermath of a serious incident.

Negative Positive
 
Significant numbers of remote staff with little or no contact or supervision. Regular formal reviews of remote staff (particularly work load).
Lack of adequate communication between remote staff and their supervisors. Visual review of remotely based vehicles, with consistent maintenance management.
No formal periodic reviews of remote staff. Procedures to ensure regular communication with employees who are working alone/remote.
  Provide additional safety items for remote workers, such as GPS or telematics to monitor remote workers.

  • Provide staff who work remotely with specific training or guidance on what to do in an emergency when working alone. Ensure that Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems encompass remote workers.
  • Provide remote workers with adequate safety equipment.
  • Ensure regular verbal and visual communication with remote workers, and inspection of vehicles.
  • Establish adequate preventative maintenance programs, particularly for remotely located vehicles.
  • Consider the increased work-load and fatigue exposures of remote workers, who often may be required to drive long distance. Consider alternative forms of transport (public transport, flights etc) when remote workers have to travel long distance to visit office locations in metropolitan area.