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22 September 2015
 September 22, 2015
National Personal Safety Day

National Personal Safety Day

Wednesday 7th October sees the 10th anniversary of National Personal Safety Day – an annual event that highlights all aspects of keeping safe from harm and leading safer and more confident lives.

The event is organised by The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a registered charity that campaigns, educates and supports people to help reduce the risk of violence and aggression for everyone.

This year’s theme focuses on young men and the risks of violent crime. Statistically, young men are the most at risk when it comes to assaults or robbery. In fact, 73% of robbery victims are male.

The Trust are asking men to ‘Keep it REAL’ by making themselves aware of the dangers and taking steps to ensure their own safety.
R is for READY
E is for EDUCATE
A is for ALERT
L is for LEGAL
Young men are encouraged to be READY in case an incident occurs. EDUCATE yourselves about the dangers you could come into contact with. Be ALERT to danger – it may happen when you least expect it. Above all – stay LEGAL. Carrying a

16 September 2015
 September 16, 2015
Safetember is National Forklift Safety Month

Safetember – National Fork Lift Safety Month

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have extended their week long safety campaign to one month in order to help companies who operate fork lift trucks to put safety first. Throughout September, or ‘Safetember’ the FLTA are providing specially designed safety resources that are free for companies to

8 September 2015
 September 8, 2015
Iphone road background

Smart use of your Smartphone

Although we’d all love to own the latest smartphone, unfortunately the fancier they are – the more liable they are to being stolen. That’s not to say we shouldn’t own them; we just need to take precautions to protect them from thieves. According to a recent survey, more than 300,000 mobile phones are reported stolen to police each year.

Here are 8 helpful tips for safeguarding you and your device:

Think about where you keep it when on the go. Try not to keep it in a pocket but somewhere where it can be zipped away. Not only does this prevent it slipping out but makes the job of a pick-pocket one step harder.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you do feel the need to use your phone in public, (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) don’t glue yourself to the screen – make sure you are aware of who is around you.
Evaluate the situation. If you do feel you’re in a risky environment or have seen some suspicious behaviour, perhaps

24 August 2015
 August 24, 2015
Helpful tips and advice for those working alone

Fact Sheet for Working Alone

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), safe working arrangements for lone workers should be established exactly as they are for other employees.
Prior to assigning an employee to a lone working activity, the employer must first consider potential hazards, asking themselves…
 

Can one person adequately control the risks of the job?
How will the individual be supervised?
Is the job suitable for a young lone worker?
Is there a higher risk presented to a female carrying out the role?
Is there any risk of violence attached?
Is the assigned individual medically suitable for lone working?
What is the procedure should the lone worker fall ill or face an emergency?
What is the required training to ensure the upmost safety in the role?

Taking extra precautions may help eliminate the hazards presented to lone working, such as…

Introducing a Buddy System –  If the job is simply too risky to be carried out alone, a second employee is assigned to the role to provide extra support.
Increased Communications – Often a two way walkie-talkie is all it takes to

13 July 2015
 July 13, 2015
Emergency services

Adapting the 999 service for Smartphone use

According to a report released by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, fundamental changes should be made to the UK’s 999 service to allow people to utilise Smartphones in an emergency. Professor Will Stewart said there was a ‘critical’ need to update the current service by possibly allowing apps to send alerts to the emergency services.

The report outlined the fact that the emergency services need to reflect the ‘digital age’ with more and more people using apps and social media to communicate rather making a voice call. Professor Stewart added: “Given that young people are statistically more likely to be victims of crime or accidents, it is a concern that making a voice call to contact the emergency services is not something that would feel natural to them.” He went on to say, “A girl alone in a minicab who becomes worried about her personal safety might feel unable to make a call on her mobile phone – but could send a text or alert someone over social

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