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Personal Safety for Lone Workers
Personal Safety for Lone Workers
Personal Safety for Lone Workers

Overview - Personal Safety for Lone Workers Course

Personal safety for lone workers is of prime importance. Every day in the UK, thousands of workers will be exposed to situations in which their safety could be put at risk, when they are left alone with customers or other members of the public.

Why take this course?

Safety risks can be more of an issue when staff are working in isolation without the support of colleagues to help them should an emergency or dangerous situation arise. Safety precautions for lone workers are therefore essential to protect their wellbeing, personal safety and the business they are working for too.

For example, a robbery in a shop could leave a lone worker shaken, injured, unable to return to work for some time, and cost the workplace in terms of both finance and reputation.

Undertaking our Personal Safety for Lone Workers e-learning course can help staff learn how to safeguard themselves and the premises they look after, minimising risk for all.

After completing the course, learners will know:

  • What lone working is and why it is an issue worth finding out about
  • The personal safety responsibilities that both employer and employee have
  • The basic process of how people's roles are assessed to see what potential risks exist from lone working
  • Key questions you can ask yourself in order to assess your own situation each time you work alone
  • Important advice on how to act and what precautions to take in order to reduce the risks of lone working

Who is this course for?

The Personal Safety for Lone Workers course is for anyone who is required to spend time alone with customers or members of the public as part of their job. This could be night-time petrol station workers, shop assistants, community carers or even teachers.

Course lesson plan

Personal Safety for Lone Workers covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Introduction to lone working
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Assessing the risks
  • Precautionary measures
  • Summary

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing this course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Course duration

Personal Safety for Lone Workers should take approximately one hour to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed. E-learning is self-paced, so you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, stopping and starting when necessary.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this module.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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