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6 April 2018
 April 6, 2018
Walk to Work Day

12 Safety Tips When Walking to Work

Across the UK today, thousands of us will be encouraged to leave the car at home or ditch public transport and make our way into work on foot for National Walk to Work Day.

With lighter mornings and a promise of sunnier weather, the timing of this particular event could not be better. For those who choose to get involved, walking to work has many benefits. It’s not only kinder to the planet and good for our health, but also getting out in the fresh air first thing is a great way to start the day and avoid the usual stresses of commuting.

If you’re taking part, it’s important to be mindful of your safety especially those who may be doing a journey for the first time. We’ve rounded up some of our top personal safety tips to help you on your way.
Read these tips before you set out
1. Plan your route beforehand
You may not be familiar with the route if this differs from the way you’d drive. So check before you

26 March 2018
 March 26, 2018
medical

Protecting Employees with Medical Conditions

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 Skyguard’s MySOS device

15 March 2018
 March 15, 2018
Lone working in Britain's prisons

The Issue of Lone Working in Britain’s Prisons

The safety of Britain’s prison staff hit the headlines earlier this week, with concerns raised surrounding the issue of employees being expected to work alone at a time when some fear an increase in violence is pushing the system to breaking point.

It has emerged that following a change in working practices, contracted prison maintenance staff at HMP Liverpool were required to do jobs alone which had previously been allocated to pairs. Workers carrying out repairs felt this may put them at greater risk as prisoners could potentially steal their tools to use against them in a violent assault.

One former employee commented, “I see it as a bag of tools, somebody else will see it as a bag of weapons.”

It’s likely that this case is not isolated and the problem may be worse than immediately thought, as low staffing levels are reportedly commonplace in Britain’s prisons. Looking at the wider issue raises the question if lone working is appropriate in such a high

7 March 2018
 March 7, 2018
Must have features for lone worker devices

5 Key Features of An Effective Lone Worker Device

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.
Speed and Ease of Activation
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

1 March 2018
 March 1, 2018
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Safety Advice for Lone Workers in the Manufacturing Sector

Manufacturing is one of the most widespread industry sectors in Britain. According to the Health & Safety Executives (HSE), the sector employs an estimated 2.5m staff within the UK.  The industry is extremely widespread, with its nature of producing goods, different industries can include the production of food, drink, furniture, electronics, plastics, paper and many more.  

HSE figures have revealed that between 2012-17, there were on average 22 reported deaths of those working within the UK’s manufacturing sector. There were also more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and approximately 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more.

One recent case reported to the HSE involved a member of staff at a manufacturing firm getting the sleeve of their coat stuck in a food mixer. With the force of the machine the employee got dragged in which resulted in broken ribs, a collapsed lung and large blood clots.

Another real-life case involved a worker at a plastic manufacturing firm suffering life threatening injuries. After being

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