Skyguard are pleased to announce that Quattro Telematics are the latest organisation to join their Business Associate Programme.
With offices based in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, Quattro Telematics are a leading European provider of vehicle tracking and workforce management solutions. The partnership allows Quattro Telematics to distribute Skyguard’s MySOS lone worker safety solution to clients across the UK and Europe, complimenting their existing product portfolio.
Skyguard’s MySOS device is the smallest and lightest GPS alarm in Europe, providing lone workers and vulnerable individuals a simple yet effective way to call for help in any situation. Its intelligent design allows the MySOS to be worn as a pendant around the neck, or secured to a belt, keyring or ID-badge holder.
GPRS technology provides fast and effective alarm transmission, with SMS as a backup, while two-way audio allows Skyguard’s controllers to listen-in to the user’s environment and talk to them, if it’s
Skyguard’s Will Murray, highlights the risks, both physical and legal, of failing to protect staff who work alone and the importance of adopting the BS 8484 standard for lone-worker protection.
A lone worker can be defined as an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers, without close or direct supervision. With such a broad definition, there are varying estimates of the number of lone workers in the UK, but it is generally accepted that at least six million people work either alone, or on their own for parts of their working day.
Often these individuals are working in hazardous environments or circumstances which place them at risk of violence, accidents, or illness – the fact they are working alone puts them at even greater risk should the worst happen.
What does this mean for an employer?
Organisations have a legal and moral Duty of Care to protect their staff from unnecessary risks, and there are several pieces of health and safety
Skyguard have introduced a brand new accessory designed to keep the MySOS personal safety device waterproof. The watertight pouch allows the MySOS to remain fully functional even if fully immersed in water for at least 30 minutes at a depth of 10 metres (pressure tested to the international standard IEC 60529). As the MySOS is so lightweight it will actually float in water, allowing the user to easily raise the alarm. The pouch also provides complete protection from dust, dirt and sand, making it ideal for outdoors use.
What’s more, the pouch will also accommodate most smartphones, allowing you to use your ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ application in wet conditions. With the pouch, you can raise the alarm anytime, anywhere. If you work in an environment where water is a hazard, the pouch, combined with Skyguard’s alarms or smartphone apps may prove to be a lifesaver.
The pouch is available direct from Skyguard at a one-off cost of £15 (plus postage and handling). To order, call our
Skyguard will be launching an iPhone version of their ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, held at ExCeL London between 17 – 19th June.
The app which converts an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device, is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which already includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as dedicated devices.
Once installed through a simple download process, Skyguard’s software enables the user to raise an alarm in any emergency situation, by simply shaking the device for a few seconds, or pressing an on-screen button. Trained Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre (IMC) will be able to view the user’s GPS location and registered profile information, silently listen-in, and talk to the user if it’s safe to do so. Controllers will follow the user’s personalised emergency procedures which could include escalating to the Emergency services, Skyguard
Tutors delivering education for an innovative national workforce development company have been equipped with Skyguard’s MySOS device, to protect them whilst working alone.
Edudo, which provides tailored work-led education courses to the unemployed and those in work, is thought to be the first company of its kind in the country to offer the state-of-the-art alarms to its employees.
The move is part of edudo’s commitment to the welfare of its valued workforce and aims to protect lone workers in need of urgent support when faced with a learner who is displaying emotional, unpredictable or challenging behaviour.
The GPS enabled device allows staff to alert colleagues to issues, or send an SOS alarm to Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre. Here, trained Controllers can see the user’s relevant information and location, talk to the user if safe to do so, and direct the emergency services to them. As Skyguard’s service is certified to BS 8484 – the British Standard for Lone Worker Monitoring Services, this allows the Controllers to bypass the 999 system