Today, Skyguard are set to launch an updated version of our lone working app for the iOS platform. Available for download, the new BS 8484:2016 certified application allows users to raise an alarm at the press of a button if they feel they are in danger.
Now compatible with the wearable SmartButton accessory, an alert can be activated without even unlocking the phone’s keypad. The compact unit, which is only 1.3 inches in diameter can be subtly worn on a wristband, keychain, pendant or belt clip. This provides another way to get help, particularly useful in difficult circumstances when a user wants to get assistance discreetly.
Skyguard for Smartphone is available for the three major mobile platforms, iPhone, Android and Windows. Using the application transforms a Smartphone into a fully functional personal safety device, ideal for vulnerable individuals and those working alone who don’t wish to carry a standalone alarm.
The service is backed up by
One of Britain’s best-loved luxury hospitality chains, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have adopted Skyguard personal alarms to offer protection for its lone workers.
The company employs over 4,000 staff at hotels and resorts across the UK and in Europe, with the safety and wellbeing of those employees being a key priority.
Shift workers, including receptionists, night porters and cleaners often find themselves working alone late at night and are therefore more vulnerable to risk. Being a safety conscious employer, the group have put in place measures to allow staff to get help discreetly if they encounter situations where they feel uncomfortable or threatened.
Macdonald choose Skyguard as the leading supplier of lone worker safety solutions to equip their night porters with MySOS personal alarms. Michael Careless, Cluster Night Manager, explains just how crucial the devices are:
“I have night porters relying on the assurance of an activation, these devices make them feel safe at night. Without this piece of technology, we would not function properly.”
The handheld unit supplied
Next month, London’s ExCeL exhibition centre will be hosting the Safety & Health Expo – the ‘UK’s no.1 health and safety event and conference.’
The show runs from the 20th-22nd June and promises to be “the only place in the UK where all key associations, manufacturers and distributors come together with industry leaders, providing an unrivalled opportunity to source new health and safety products, network and get up to speed with the latest guidance and legislation.”
Throughout the course of three days, delegates will be spoilt for choice – with the chance to attend exclusive seminars, mingle with over 27,000 industry professionals and watch live product demos, showcasing the latest innovations in security technology.
Skyguard are delighted to be featuring once again, with our team advising on the best methods of protecting lone workers and showing off our very own MySOS personal alarms and Smartphone apps in action. That’s not all as event attendees that subscribe to our
With over 1,000 employees working across Britain’s road network, Ringway Infrastructure Services use Skyguard’s award-winning BS 8484:2016 Certified MySOS devices to safeguard their workers.
The company carry out highway maintenance services including road repairs, street cleaning and winter gritting on around 17,565 kilometers of roads, often in remote areas and signal blackspots. Conditions can be dangerous especially in the winter when gritters brave the freezing weather to keep the roads free of snow and ice.
It’s not just the winter months that can prove testing, as all year-round workers are at risk of being subjected to verbal and sometimes even physical abuse from members of the public.
After investigating various methods to protect their workforce, Ringway opted for 450 of Skyguard’s MySOS devices following a successful trial period.
During their trial Skyguard came to the rescue when a Ringway worker required medical attention. The employee called for help by pressing the SOS button on his MySOS and asking for assistance. An ambulance was
The existing agreement in place to help protect lone working staff within the NHS is due to expire at the end of April.
Originally set up in 2009, the NHS Lone Worker Framework Agreement was introduced to provide safer working conditions for employees working alone within the NHS and wider public sector. After renewal in 2013, NHS Protect, the hospital advisory body responsible for overseeing measures to prevent abuse have taken the decision not to extend the agreement further.
As it is an employer’s duty to ensure a safe working environment, the responsibility ultimately falls to each individual NHS Trust to take adequate measures to prevent physical abuse and injury to employees. Key elements of this include upholding a lone worker policy, carrying out regular risk assessments and supplying personal safety alarms. This applies to NHS staff covering a variety of roles, but in particular to community nurses who often visit patients at home.
Failure to uphold an employer’s Duty of Care can result in hefty fines, prosecution and even publicity orders for those found to be in