Library and Academic Services (LAS) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its staff, students, volunteers and users. The following Working Alone practices outlined in this guide ensure that risk assessments are performed, risks are communicated, and control plans are implemented to manage risks associated with workers who may be working alone.
This guide is designed to be in compliance with Red River College Polytechnic's E12 - Working Alone or in Isolation Policy and Manitoba Regulation 217/2006 - Part 09 - Working Alone or in Isolation of the Workplace Safety & Health Act W220. This guide was developed in consultation with Safety, Health and Security Services.
Working alone may be scheduled as needed. A Library and Academic Services - Working Alone Plan must be completed by a supervisor/coordinator along with the worker prior to working alone.
Working alone may happen without notice in a case where an employee is unexpectedly absent. In this case, the employee who is alone must contact their supervisor and security services immediately. A Library and Academic Services - Working Alone Plan must be completed as soon as possible.
Working alone is prohibited without prior permission from your direct supervisor, except in cases where an employee is unexpectedly absent. A Working Alone or In Isolation Procedure from must be completed in all instances where an employee is working alone.
In the event that a staff member misses a scheduled call-in the following protocols are to be followed:
Protocol for Missing Staff before 5:00pm
Protocol for Missing Staff after 5:00pm
In consultation with Safety and Health Services working alone at the EDC and NDC Libraries has been determined to generally be Low Risk. An additional risk assessment will occur on a case-by-case basis as a part of the completion of the Library and Academic Services - Working Alone Plan. Potential hazards are identified in the following table:
|Risk of violence
Risk Assessment Hazard Levels
|Frequency of call-in to supervisor, designate or security
|Every 4 hours via text, voicemail or live voice.
|Every 2 hours via text, voicemail or live voice.
|Every 1 hour. MUST BE A LIVE VOICE