What is and how to create a working alone/isolation protocol?
What is Working Alone or in Isolation?
Working alone or in isolation means to work in situations where assistance would not be readily available to the worker:
- In case of an emergency, or
- In case the worker is injured or in ill health
Isolation is where multiple employees are working together, but unable to readily access emergency assistance due to their remote location.
Safety Risk Services requires all UBC workers have in place a Working alone/isolation protocol for when such instances do happen. More information can be found below on how to create one for your lab and some helpful tools that are available.
Ergonomics play an important role in our safety and well-being. The proper ergonomic design of our workspaces can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries – from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome to persistent neck or back pain. The UBC Ergonomics program offers a range of services to promote optimal working postures and practices to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries. Some services include: Office Ergonomics, Sit-stand desks, Purchasing and Design guidelines, lab ergonomics, and other resources.
Ergonomics poster (Jan 2023)