I had a potential problem come up at work this week, its a bit of a banana skin for all involved so it definitely needs some tact. The situation is quite simple, we have a two man site, their duties are rather static and do they are not allowed to leave the common area (all facilities are provided, e.g. kitchenette, toilets etc). Now i know they do leave this area, it's obvious but they know they're not allowed. I cut them some slack, its a boring post. One of the guards is a Muslim (this could be any religion, i don't want this aimed at any particular one) and is required to pray, he has his mat, his shoes etc and off he goes to pray, i think this happens two to three times a shift. The problem we have is that whilst he is off for an hour at a time, his colleague is essentially lone working. This isn't company policy, he is not insured for this, it's in breach of contract for the guard that has left, its a breach of contract for the company also, the colleague on post essentially covers both roles and has effectively doubled his workload. Moreover, the guard that is left, has complained that he feels vulnerable (it can be a nuisance site). Whilst I can let some things slide, i cant have a guy feeling vulnerable whilst at work and do nothing about it. An initial suggestion was to arrange for someone to cover his prayer breaks, this wont happen, the company wont pay for this. Another more hard line approach was to stop him from leaving the common area, im not sure that can be done. My question(s): Should prayer at work be allowed if it cannot be safely catered for? if it put others at risk? if it increased work load for others?