Protecting Employees with Medical Conditions 26 March 2018 epilepsy, medical As you may already be aware, today is ‘Epilepsy Awareness Day 2018’, a whole day dedicated to spreading awareness of the medical condition faced by many. This international day – celebrated on March 26th was originated in Canada in 2008 when a young girl with epilepsy wanted to get people talking about the condition and what sufferers face. In aid of the cause, people tend to organise charity fundraising events in order to raise money for both the diagnosis and treatment mechanisms of coping with epilepsy. This type of movement pinpoints the importance of understanding medical conditions and the hardships that individuals can face on a daily basis. One way in which to protect those suffering with a medical condition like epilepsy is with the implementation of a personal safety device. Utilising a means of protection like a personal device can protect and enable someone who wouldn’t be able to work alone to do so. Keeping in the spirit of the day, below are some elements of Peoplesafe’s MicroGuard device that would be ideal for those suffering with a medical condition at the workplace. With the MicroGuard’s device’s 2-way audio capability, at just a touch of the button it’s user has the ability to speak to a Peoplesafe Controller. If the user was to become unwell they have someone they can talk to whilst they are reassured and help is sent their way. Peoplesafe’s MicroGuard personal safety device has the option to be used with fall detection functionality. With this enabled, an alarm is automatically activated with sudden impact and sent directly to the 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). If the user was to fall or collapse due to their illness, help would be on the way without them having to manually activate their alarm. With Peoplesafe’s service, those with personal alarms have access to their own, bespoke online Peoplesafe Portal. Here, important information can be stored so that when an alarm is raised Controllers can access this when dealing with the incident. Any medical conditions and required procedures can be listed within this portal. This information can be vital for ambulance staff when summoned by the ARC. During a potentially life-threatening situation this can save crucial time as it doesn’t require the emergency services to ask the user for details. With Peoplesafe’s diverse portfolio of clients, it’s been proven that the MicroGuard personal safety device can safeguard those with medical conditions and provide friends, family and employers with peace of mind. One organisation in particular have equipped Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers with the devices. The users simply pop the device in their pocket, attach it to their belt or hang it from their neck when they go for a walk. If they lose their way, a simple press of the button on the device will either connect them to Peoplesafe’s 24 hour manned Alarm Receiving Centre or a dedicated pre-programmed contact, such as a carer or relative. If the user is too disorientated to call for help themselves, they can be located with the devices GPS compatibility. Click here to find out more about Peoplesafe’s service and how those working alone that suffer with any form of condition have efficient, reliable backup in an emergency.