When you’re working alone, having a reliable method by which you can call for help is a must. Equipping lone workers with personal safety alarms is a simple and effective way to address this.
With many options on the market, we’ve put together a list highlighting several key characteristics or features that devices should ideally have and how these can help ensure staff are best protected.
In an emergency, getting help fast can be critical. Therefore, probably the most important feature a lone worker device requires, is quick and easy activation. A user must be able to raise an alarm with one button press and it should be very clear how to do this, so that even if someone had never seen the device before they would be able to activate it. Of course, the flipside of this is that an alarm shouldn’t be so easy to activate that it regularly creates false alarms. To avoid false activations, its best to choose a unit that requires a button to be held down for a few seconds in order to trigger an alert.
Often you may not want another party to know that you are seeking help. If aggressive behaviour is an issue for the workers you are looking to protect, then any safety devices they use must be discreet so they can be activated without an aggressor being aware. Alarms such as Skyguard’s MySOS are small enough to fit in a user’s pocket, on a key chain or subtly worn on their person. One of the great things about this device is that it can easily be passed off as a standard car key fob due to its similar appearance.
Once you’ve activated an alarm, having someone on the other end of the line listening and giving advice can make all the difference. Even if a user is not able to communicate due to the circumstances, knowing someone is listening provides real peace of mind. This is one of the key advantages lone worker devices have over screech alarms which are not backed up by a monitoring centre offering this personal level of support.
It’s important to keep track of remote employees so that they can easily be found if something goes wrong. GPS-enabled lone worker devices allow users to be tracked, often using an online portal system. This saves crucial minutes for the emergency services as location information can be passed on quickly.
Sometimes employees may not be able to raise an alarm themselves if they suffer an accident. In this case devices that have an automatic ‘mandown’ feature would be recommended. These work by detecting impact followed by inactivity. Therefore, if a user falls and is knocked unconscious the device will activate itself so help can be sent.
When selecting a lone worker device, accreditations are a good indicator of quality and reliability. Look out for devices that are fully certified to BS 8484:2016 as these meet the requirements of the current highest standards for the lone worker industry.
For further advice on how to choose a lone worker device that has all the features you require, please speak to our experts who can help guide you through the process.