With health and safety legislation on the rise, protecting employees has become a no brainer for organisations. With the vast array of solutions available, there are multiple ways in which health and safety within the workplace can be improved.
Despite the technologies available, there are still a high number of organisations holding back from investing in a secure system. Below we underpin 5 common reasons for organisations not investing in a lone worker protection service.
1) Cost – One of the most common reasons for organisations not investing in lone worker protection comes down to cost. When allocating budgets, key decision makers within organisations don’t always make lone worker protection a priority. This is because it is assumed that adopting a lone worker solution is much costlier than it actually is.
When looking at the bigger picture, the cost of an employee suffering an injury or dangerous incident at work will result in much more crippling costs than protecting them in the first place. Peoplesafe’s service offers a range of products varying from key fob sized devices and smartphone applications, providing affordable and efficient backup to those working alone.
2) Uptake – When initially implementing a system, employers can be put off by the process of adapting to something new. Some may also associate adapting new services with having extra work on top of their busy schedules.
With Peoplesafe’s lone worker protection service this isn’t at all the case. It provides fast, efficient backup to those working alone should an employee find themselves in a dangerous situation. The device such as the MicroGuard has a functional design and therefore does not to get in the way of employee’s daily tasks. Peoplesafe’s service also offers customers access to a personalised online customer service centre portal. Here user’s activity and usage can be managed with ease.
3) Tracking – Most lone worker solutions include a GPS tracking feature. By nature, this is a key component to the protection of employees as it allows for their location to be determined in an emergency. Some staff however, do not like this concept because it can often be associated with being checked up on whilst at work.
It’s important for employers to know that a tracking feature is hugely beneficial, especially for those working alone. With just a click of a button on a Peoplesafe device, a trained Controller at Peoplesafe’s 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre will be able to view the employee’s exact location through GPS. Remember, this is used solely in the event that an employee raises an alarm and is key to getting help to them efficiently.
4) Unaware of the risks – It’s common for organisations to be unaware of the risks faced by their employees. In order to establish these, it’s a good idea to conduct a risk assessment. Once the risks have been established, investing in a reliable system will become more of a priority.
5) Unaware of the consequences – With the tightening of legislation in recent years organisations are vulnerable to being hit with heavy fines due to health and safety breaches. People often assume that fines and court cases are issued to only serious cases involving a loss of life. In actual fact, even a minor injury suffered by an employee can cost organisations for simply not having the correct safety measures in place.
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