The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has reported that an increase in organisations using accredited lone worker devices is reducing unnecessary police call outs to false alarms, resulting in an estimated £60m of savings over the past 12 months.
Taking the Metropolitan Police Service as an example, responding to a false alarm typically costs taxpayers around £150. The use of BS 8484 accredited systems enables ARCs to filter out the majority of false alarms; ARC Controllers only pass on those incidents that genuinely require a police response and do so using Unique Reference Numbers, which provide a direct link to police control rooms.
This not only saves valuable police resources and taxpayer’s money, but also enables an effective response to potentially life-threatening situations.
Chairman of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Will Murray of Send For Help Group spoke of the importance of BS 8484 accredited lone worker systems in improving efficiency and cost savings.
Will explains: “At a time when security concerns, health and safety and police budget cuts are prevalent, the use of BS 8484 accredited
Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help, have been featured by the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, Nursing Standard, in a piece highlighting how recent legislation changes are only the first step in protecting NHS staff from violence.
In light of The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill coming into effect in England and Wales next month, the article discusses the measures that should be adopted to safeguard vulnerable NHS workers, especially those working by themselves.
An investigation undertaken by Nursing Standard revealed that there were 1,544 assaults against nursing staff working alone in England between 2015-17.
Director, Will Murray, is quoted on his view that personal safety devices should be part of a standard kit for lone workers:
He says, ‘In the same way that someone who works on a construction site isn’t allowed on a building site unless they’ve got a hard hat, high-vis vest and steel-cap boots, we consider high-risk individuals should carry a personal safety device.’
Join Skyguard next month at Health & Safety North as we exhibit the latest innovations in lone worker safety.
From 9th-10th October we’ll be in Manchester demonstrating our range of lone worker safety apps and devices, providing specialist advice and giving you the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial.
When and Where is it?
Health and Safety North is located at EventCity in Manchester on 9th-10th October.
Doors open at 9am, here’s how to get there.
The exhibition has been specially developed for health and safety professionals from businesses throughout the north and beyond. It provides a platform for the safety community to come together and share ideas, through networking sessions, debates, Q&As and interactive panel discussions.
With 200 exhibitors and 36 hours of free specially-selected content from 56 industry speakers – there’s plenty on offer over the course of the two-day event.
Don’t Forget to Visit us at Stand
Skyguard – Europe’s leading personal safety service – has been selected as an approved supplier on the NHS’s 2018 Lone Worker Framework Agreement.
Following a rigorous OJEU tender process undertaken on behalf of NHS Business Services Authority, Skyguard has been awarded the NHS Supply Chain’s Lone Worker Framework, launching on 1st September 2018.
The Framework Agreement which runs for two years with a two year extension, allows any NHS Trust to procure Skyguard’s range of lone worker devices and apps easily and cost effectively. Coinciding with the award of the Framework, Skyguard will be launching its new, innovative ‘MicroSOS’ device – it’s most discreet and feature-rich to date.
Certified to the highest industry standards and the Department of Health’s Information Governance Toolkit, Skyguard is already one of the largest suppliers of lone worker alarms to the NHS. Skyguard’s solutions are utilised by over 150 NHS Trusts across the country including flagship sites such as, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guy’s and St.Thomas’, and
Skyguard have successfully gained accreditation to international information security standard ISO 27001 and government backed IT security scheme, Cyber Essentials.
The awards certify that Skyguard is working to the highest possible standards concerning information security management.
Following a rigorous audit, the company has been approved by QMS International Ltd to the standards of ISO 27001:2013. This shows that the company has successfully implemented a framework of policies, procedures and a series of controls to manage information security risks effectively. Certification also demonstrates that Skyguard follows a strict set of international guidelines in the way data is handled throughout the organisation.
Cyber Essentials further enhances the company’s credentials, as the independently verified scheme requires a company’s IT security measures to adhere to best practice, protecting the company’s service and data from online threats in order to become certified.
On receiving the awards, James Murray, CEO commented,
“With the recent changes to data protection law now that GDPR has come into effect, the way companies manage and use data has never been so important.”
“Being awarded both of