Alone In The Office 2021
Serial rapists look to commit their crimes in comfort zones that make them feel safe enough to carry out their attack without detection. Many will map out their attack well in advance, watching and assessing the patterns of potential victims and looking to see if doors are left unlocked and if keys are used. Office buildings offer up all of these comfort zones and these serial assailants search for that brief moment of vulnerability when you are alone, tired and distracted.
Alone in the Office
It is important to consider all situations carefully. Working alone includes all workers who may go for a period of time where they do not have direct contact with a co-worker. For example, the receptionist in a large office building may be considered a "lone" worker. Alternatively, a construction worker who is doing work in a bathroom or other location that cannot be seen by co-workers may also be considered a lone worker. Other examples are gas station attendants, convenience store clerks, food outlet workers, taxi drivers, home care workers, social service workers, security guards or custodians.
While it is not always hazardous to work alone, it can be when other circumstances are present. Whether a situation is a high or low risk will depend on the location, type of work, interaction with the public, or the consequences of an emergency, incident, injury, etc. This wide variety of circumstances makes it important to assess each situation individually.
It is important that a check-in procedure be in place. Decide if a verbal check-in is adequate, or if the worker must be accounted for by a visual check. Make sure your plan is appropriate for both regular business hours as well as after main office hours.
Working alone is completely legal and is usually safe to do so. However, a risk assessment must have been carried out on lone working activities beforehand and determined to be safe. If a lone working situation is considered high risk, processes must be put in place to mitigate risk or else lone working should not be permitted.
In 2010 Ladbrokes introduced single-manning as a way to reduce costs and increase profits. This meant that employees were expected to man a betting shop on their own for all or part of the working day. With shops typically being open until 10pm, this left employees alone late in the evening with potentially frustrated and desperate customers.
3 years after lone working was introduced, Andrew Locovou was brutally battered to death with a hammer whilst working alone. Shafique Ahmad Aarij had lost a large amount of money on the machines and, angered by the situation, murdered Locovou before stealing 296 from the shop till.
Shockingly, this was one of 10 serious attacks to Ladbrokes staff over this time. In 2015 another young worker was attacked, dragged to an unmonitored office, raped and left for dead by a customer after he too had lost a large amount of money.
If, however, steps can be taken to reduce risk to a controllable level, in line with legislation (see below) it may be safe to allow your employees to work alone, following the implementation of a strong lone worker policy.
Employers can legally require one person to work overnight alone. Security guards regularly monitor buildings alone throughout the night, whilst other roles such as a hotel receptionists or a petrol station attendants may work alone out of hours. Employees who work in these roles may be seen as easy targets for threats, such as theft or violence, and extra precautions should be put in place.
It is legal for an apprentice to work alone if it is safe to do so. Employers have the same responsibilities to apprentices as they do any other employee. Therefore, they hold a primary responsibility for the health and safety of the apprentice and are required to carry out risk assessments and manage any potential threats.
Working alone in a factory is also allowed. However, the job role being carried out alone in the factory should be taken into consideration. For example, if operating machinery, you must ensure it is suitable for one person to do this alone. You should also take into consideration how an alarm can be raised in an emergency and what the response time is likely to be.
A 16-year-old can work alone if the organisation employing them has conducted a risk assessment and found it safe to do so. Young people under 18 have different employment rights from adult workers, including where and when they can work. You can find out more about young worker legislation here.
Working alone in a shop is completely legal and common practice. Extra safety measures should be taken however, as lone shop workers can become easy targets for robberies and other crimes. A risk assessment must also be carried out and consider the local crime rates, employee training levels and what emergency procedures are in place.
Objective: Measurement of office blood pressure using a fully automated sphygmomanometer that takes multiple readings with the patient resting quietly alone has been called automated office blood pressure (AOBP). Almost all AOBP research has involved the patient resting alone in an examining room, which is often impractical in a clinical setting. The possibility that valid AOBP readings can be obtained with the patient resting quietly in a waiting room was examined.
Results: In 422 patients, the mean (SD) AABP (139.413.4/80.710.6) was similar to the mean AOBP recorded in the waiting room (140.519.8/83.111.2), with both values being significantly lower than a single office BP (155.118.7/90.212.7) taken by a nurse. In the 178 untreated patients, the mean systolic AOBP and AABP were almost identical, with the diastolic AOBP being 1.5 mmHg higher. Bland-Altman plots for systolic BP showed a relatively consistent relationship for AOBP versus the AABP over the range of BPs recorded. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for AOBP versus AABP were comparable with the values obtained with AOBP recorded previously in an examining room.
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Unable to find an explanation for what I was seeing, I managed to drag my feet out of the office and shut the door. The whole moment I was waiting for the lift, I dared not lift my head lest I saw any creepy things inside my office.
I was working late in the office that evening with my colleague J., who was sitting on the other side of the office, and her daughter. I was completely alone in my wing, and so was she in the other wing, which was close to the kitchen door. Her daughter was playing around in the middle area.
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More and more of us in the UK are living alone. The number of people living on their own went up by 16% to 7.7 million between 1997 and 2017, while the UK population increased by only 13%. By 2039, the number of one-person households is projected to rise to 10.7 million2.
The rise in the number of people living alone is largely concentrated in older age groups. While the number of people aged 25 to 44 living alone has fallen by 16% between 1997 and 2017, the number of 45- to 64-year-olds living on their own has increased by 53% over the same period.
Those aged 25 to 64 who are living alone are less likely to own their home than couples without children (50% of households compared with 75% respectively in 2017), giving them less opportunity to accumulate wealth through buying their home or paying off a mortgage. We see the disparity at all age groups, and the gap in home ownership between one-person households and couples widens with age.
For both one- and two-adult households, housing costs are the biggest expense. However, whether they rent or own their home, the burden of housing costs is greater for one-person households. People aged 25 to 64 who live alone spend a greater proportion of their disposable household income than two-adult households on rent, mortgages and other housing costs, including energy bills, water and Council Tax.
Perhaps as a result of spending more of their income on housing costs, bills and food, those who live on their own are among the least financially secure household types. Around half (51%) of those who live alone say they always or mostly have money left over at the end of the week or month, compared with nearly two-thirds (64%) of those who live with their partner. The financial costs of living independently may explain why the number of younger people (aged 25 to 44) living alone is falling.
People living on their own may find it harder to build up savings. Of those living alone, 35% say they would not be able to make ends meet for more than a month, compared with 14% of couples without children.
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