From: Tracy D. Harvey <tdy**At_Symbol_Here**UW.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lone Worker Policy
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 04:03:07 +0000
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Thanks very much, that is a very useful template.




From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 5:12 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lone Worker Policy


Hi Andrew:


We’ve struggled with a similar question and came up with a “working alone” SOP template here:  (it’s the last template in the list).


It provides a framework within which an individual could work alone and the constraints around that.  There are some activities the institution forbids working along but I don’t think you’ll get any argument about that prohibition.


Hope this helps  - development of this SOP is required of all chemistry department research PIs.



Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow

Immediate Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety

University of California, Davis





Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction

that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,

can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Nation, Andrew
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 2:52 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Lone Worker Policy


Our EHS group is revising our lone worker policy for R&D and I am a member of the larger team providing input. Initially the team essentially came up with a document that amounted to a prohibition of working alone. That is to say, it was so prohibitive that it essentially precluded this activity altogether. After multiple rounds of discussion we were able to first articulate that working alone is risky, and requires a discussion between employee and manager as to the risks and potential hazards. Second, we identified “buckets” of tasks that should not be prohibited while working alone (confined spaces, cyanide work, etc.).


But I wanted to look externally for benchmarking to see if any of you have wrestled with ensuring a safe work environment without sacrificing productivity unnecessarily. If any of you can provide any input into your organization’s approach to this topic I’d be much obliged.


Thank you in advance,




Andrew J. Nation, M..A., M.B.A.

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Research Business Operations

Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D

Princeton, NJ 08543

(609) 252-6888



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