Lone worker solutions are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms ranging from dedicated standalone devices to personal safety apps for smartphones.
When making a decision on which is the best fit for your own particular requirements, it’s important to consider:
– Who are you looking to protect?
– What situations are they likely to be in
– Where are they going to be working?
– When are employees working alone?
– Why do you need to protect lone workers?
Lone workers are defined as those who work in isolation from others, without close or direct supervision. This encompasses employees that work alone in premises, home workers, staff based externally or working outside of normal hours.
There are an estimated 8m lone workers in the UK, with over 70% of the countries’ workforce finding themselves working on their own at some point. Lone working also includes employees who stay late in the office or travel to meetings.
Some roles will come with a greater level of risk, so it’s important to look at the specifics when deciding upon the best ways to protect your employees.
Examples of lone working scenarios could be:
The potential locations covered are as diverse as lone working itself. For example staff may be based at:
Lone working can equally be applied to those working during the day as well as out of hours and nightshift workers. If your organisation is operating 24/7 it’s important to choose a solution that allows monitoring around the clock.
Disaster can occur at any time, so ideally having an Alarm Receiving Centre with specially trained Controllers on hand at all times is the best approach to ensure if your staff need assistance, someone will be ready to help.
Protecting employees is a moral and legal responsibility. Legally employers have a duty of care that must be fulfilled by taking appropriate measures to look after the wellbeing of workers.
Failing to do so can result in hefty fines and even custodial sentences in the event of injuries or the death of employees. Therefore, it’s important to give your options careful consideration.
When deciding which lone worker solution to opt for, it would be advisable to choose a company that meets the following criteria:
For more information on lone worker protection please contact us on 0845 0360 999.