World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2018

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Tomorrow, marks a significant day, one that strongly relates to the importance of protecting lone workers. Across the globe, Saturday 28th April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

With its aim to promote the prevention of occupational accidents, the day raises awareness and highlights emerging trends in the field hopefully, putting worker safety at the forefront of employers minds.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, the UK alone, 137 workers lost their lives due to an incident in the workplace  between 2016-17. Further figures unveiled that there were almost 700,000 non-fatal employee injuries in the same time frame. With such staggering figures, it is clear that this is a rising concern and an issue that needs to be addressed within organisations.

 

Why staff safety should be top priority

The dangers faced by staff vary significantly depending on the type of work being carried out. Nevertheless, there are risks associated with any form of employment, these should never be ignored no matter how big or small.

Those working in manual labour are considered more vulnerable to experiencing injuries such as slips, trips and falls within their workplace environment. Working from height, using dangerous machinery and heavy handling are according to the HSE, the most common causes of workplace accidents. Construction, farming and manufacturing are the top three of the UK’s working sectors where staff are most likely to suffer physical injuries, due to the manual nature of their roles.

Another angle to employee wellbeing is the safety of those working amongst the public. This doesn’t necessarily make working more dangerous however, some occupations involve visiting people’s homes alone, this is when issues can arise.

Employees such as community nurses, social workers and utility service providers are all examples of people who enter a strangers home as part of their roles. If the staff member was to encounter a difficult situation whereby an attacker became physically aggressive, visibly reaching for help could make the situation worse.

 

What Peoplesafe can offer:

With World Day for Health and Safety at Work being within arm’s reach, it’s the perfect opportunity to ensure employee safety is a top priority.

Peoplesafe’s lone worker protection service offers all types of employees with 24/7 support at a click of a button. Once activated, an alarm is triggered and received by Peoplesafe’s Alarm Receiving Centre.

Here, trained Controllers can view the employee’s location via GPS and after following bespoke escalation procedures, send help to their exact location if it is required.

Being accredited to the highest lone worker standard, BS 8484:2016, allows Peoplesafe access to police control rooms and  therefore, bypassing the 999 service. This allows for quick and efficient response times in an emergency.

 

The MicroGuard – Benefits For All

Mandown – Peoplesafe’s MicroGuard device offers a Mandown fall detection feature for those working at height. With this, an alarm is automatically triggered with sudden impact in the event that an employee trips or collapses.

Roaming SIMS – These can be fitted within the MicroGuard, this is good for those working in areas with weak or no mobile coverage as it will identify the strongest signal.

Functional Design – For those carrying out manual work, the MicroGuard will not get in the way of an employee’s daily tasks. It can be carried or worn around the neck or clipped onto a belt.

2-Way Audio – The MicroGuard’s 2-way audio feature is useful for those visiting members of the public. This gives users the ability to speak to a Controller through the device for reassurance. It also gives Peoplesafe’s Controllers a way to silently listen in to the situation to assess what measures need to take place.

 

Click here to trial Peoplesafe’s lone worker solutions free for 30 days.

 

Sources:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/

https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-day-for-safety-and-health-at-work-2018/