AP 409: Working Alone

Personnel & Employment


Employees who are directed to work alone are to be protected in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Working alone includes administrative direction in circumstances where assistance is not readily available in the event of an injury, illness or emergency.


1. In situations where employees are directed to work alone, Principals and site supervisors shall ensure:

1.1.  That a hazard assessment to identify existing and/or potential hazards arising from the conditions and circumstances of the employee’s place of work is conducted;

1.2.  That an effective means of communication between the employee and persons capable of responding to the employee’s needs is established; and

1.3.  That safety measures to reduce the risk to employees from the identified hazards are implemented.




Date Approved:  August 31, 2020

Reference: Education Act: 196-221
Occupational Health and Safety Act
OHS Code Explanation Guide (2009, s. 28)
Working Alone Safely: A Guide for Employers and Employees

Reviewed or Revised:
Executive: August, 2020

References shall be updated as required and do not require additional approval.