SESHA 2019 Symposium Abstract

Lone Worker: Man-Up Your “Man Down” Safety Program

Daniel DeCoopman
(IM Flash Technologies, Lehi, UT)

It’s more than legislations or regulations. It’s your co-worker, contractor, friend, or even yourself at risk anytime and every time work is performed alone. Lab technicians, facilities maintenance shift supervisors, janitorial services, construction laborers, and tool install engineers all could, and often do, work in remote areas, out of line of sight or hearing, with little to no means of communication with their team and others. Afterhours work demands can set the stage for an isolate worker scenario. There exists a conundrum for every manager who supervises a worker; How do I protect my worker from hazards while they work alone? This conundrum has one means of risk mitigation that stands out…alone – planning your work and working your plan. Planning is THE single most important form of risk management when it comes to lone worker hazard elimination. This session will focus on resolutions to the lone worker conundrum. With audience participation, there will be discussion about the inherent risks associated with workers who work alone. We will explore the unique risk to working in the semi-conductor industry, both from a day-to-day operations stand point and from a facilities construction/sustainability perspective. A mapping exercise will take the group through a mock scenario, complete with typical management and work challenges. Best practices will be offered and reviewed. This session is intended to be interactive and supported by each attendee’s participation. The session precentor will facilitate the objectives and guide the group experience.