A recent article in The Sun newspaper highlighted an increase in lone worker protection, as more organisations are starting to realise the importance of protecting their employees whilst working alone. This blog looks at some of the benefits/reasons of investing in lone worker protection for organisations, however, what is a lone worker?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has defined a lone worker as someone who works alone for long periods of time without close or direct supervision. Employees who work alone could range within a variety of industries and job roles including; cleaners, security guards, housing officers, delivery drivers etc.
There are many benefits/reasons why you should consider implementing lone worker protection and some of these are the following:
To an organisation, their workforce is the most important asset, therefore, protecting the safety of all employees should be their no.1 priority. Common workplace accidents such as slips, trips or falls could be potentially fatal if the employee is working alone and without any means to raise an alarm. This is why employees who work alone are considered as the most vulnerable.
Lone worker solutions like the MicroGuard, allow employees to raise an alarm with a simple press of the button. It’s compact, discrete and capable of raising an alarm automatically when it detects an impact from a fall, providing the ultimate protection to lone working employees.
Identify risks and hazards
Focusing on employee safety would also help an organisation to identify some of the risks and hazards associated with each job role. Wet slippery floors, trip hazards and other common risks can be identified and prevented to avoid accidents taking place at the workplace.
Employee morale would be improved when they realise that employers are taking their health, safety and wellbeing seriously. This will also help improve employee productivity, as it provides them with peace of mind knowing that they can work alone safely.
Duty of care
Organisations have a duty of care requirement to ensure the safety of all their staff, including lone working employees. This means that they should abide by relevant health and safety law in order to prevent physical or psychological injury at work. Meanwhile recent news stories have highlighted the rise in fines incurred by organisations in failing to protect their staff, therefore it’s cost effective for an organisation to invest in a robust lone worker protection solution.
When an alarm is raised via one of our lone worker devices, it connects directly to our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), that’s fully manned 24/7. Here our Controllers will assess the situation and provide immediate assistance to your lone working employees, if required. This will help to take the pressure off senior management, who may not always be available to attend the call i.e. they could be driving or it could be in the early hours of the morning.
Along with our BS 5979 (Cat II) ARC, the services of Peoplesafe are also fully accredited to the latest BS 8484:2016 lone worker standards. This gives us direct access to police control rooms via URN’s which bypasses the 999 system. Which means that we can summon a level 1 priority response directly to your lone working employees in an emergency situation.
Contact us today on 0800 990 3563 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we could help ensure the safety of your lone working employees.