Escorting Visitors for their Safety
Visitors to a place of work are typically amongst the most vulnerable groups in terms of coming to harm. This is because they will not have a detailed knowledge (and possibly none whatsoever) of the company's health and safety features such as the location of emergency exits and assembly points. Also, whilst businesses should be aware of any special assistance that certain staff members will require in the event of an emergency, they may not be aware of any such requirements needed by visitors if they are not informed.
A typical risk that involves visitors is caused by them moving around the site. When they are not fully aware of the dangers or the rules and procedures which are in place on the premises, they could end up getting into a situation which poses a risk to both their own health and safety and that of other people around them. In this case, visitors may need escorting for the safety of themselves and that of everyone else.
Certain areas of the site may be much more dangerous than others. For example, a visitor may end up walking through an area where a lot of forklift trucks are being driven. Regular employees should be well-trained in where they can and cannot walk, the mandatory wearing of high visibility jackets etc, but a site visitor may be ignorant of these requirements and just wander through blissfully unaware of the dangers. Not only can the person themselves be seriously injured or possibly killed from a collision, the driver or others nearby may also suffer the same fate if the driver has to swerve out of the way and ends up hitting either other people or a solid object such as a wall or metal post.
Why would a visitor be in a dangerous location?
There are a number of reasons for a person getting into a dangerous area of the business, even one in which they are not authorised to be in. They could be lost, they could be trying to find a shortcut from one area to the next, or they may just be plain nosy and want to see what happens in this off-limits area.
Whatever the reason is though, the risks do not change. Consequently it is good practice for a trustworthy and knowledgeable regular employee to escort visitors from one location to the other. Not only will they be able to guide them safely, but they will also keep an eye on them to stop them wandering into a restricted area. Young people on work experience or visiting on an educational trip are highly vulnerable as they will also lack the experience of how dangerous the workplaces of certain industries in general can be.