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17 January 2018
 January 17, 2018
Why should lone workers be protected?

Why You Should Make Lone Worker Safety A Priority

The turning of the year is often a time for making positive changes. Although it may not immediately spring to mind, improving the safety of lone workers should feature highly on every employer’s list of resolutions.

Working alone is perfectly legal and in fact part and parcel of many occupations, encountered by most employees at some point during their career. If the appropriate precautions and procedures are put in place this can often be carried out safely with no issue. However, lone working does come at a greater risk if problems do arise, these can not only be more dangerous if faced alone, but getting help can also be more challenging.
Risks to Lone Workers
Slips, trips and falls are a common danger to workers, causing around a third of all non-fatal injuries to employees reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2016/17. It’s easy to see why this poses such an issue for lone working employees in

4 January 2018
 January 4, 2018
London Underground Aldgate

Commuting to Work by Train? Advice for Travelling Safely in Light of Rise in Assaults

The British Transport Police, who are responsible for the safety and security of the public on our railways, state that using trains is the safest form of travel in Britain. It’s how nearly 10% of us commute to and from work.

However, reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the last five years according to statistics obtained by a recent Freedom of Information request.

British Transport Police report that 1,448 offences were reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013. The statistics, which covers the national rail network and London’s Underground system shows the majority of the incidents were sexual assaults on females aged 13 and above.

The report is consistent with data released by the BTP last year which saw “violence against the person” incidents had increased by 12.5 per cent year-on-year. In seven cases, the victim was killed.

The rise in reported assaults, particularly sexual offences doesn’t come as a surprise to some, citing it’s possibly a better awareness on how to report offences among

15 December 2017
 December 15, 2017
Drink Driving Campaign

Working in the Morning after a Few Drinks? Think!

“Work’s Christmas party was last night. Great laugh. Always good to let your hair down at this time of year. Probably had a few too many drinks and now regretting it this morning. I’m on the early shift… I’ll never learn.

“Still, I’ve had a few hours kip, made myself a strong coffee and freshened up with a shower. I feel fine except for this hangover. Stuck in traffic doesn’t help.

“There seems to be a hold-up further down the road. What’s that? Looks like the sign says ‘Police Drink Drive Checkpoint’. Not sure what’s the point of that in the morning. They want to be out in the evening catching those who stupidly drink drive and endanger all of us.

“Now what? They’re pulling me over? Now I’m going to be late for work. Good Morning Officer. What’s up? Breathalyse me? I had a few bevvies last night but I’m fine now.

“I’m sorry, there must be some mistake. Your breathalyser must be faulty. Arrest me

4 December 2017
 December 4, 2017
Fast Track 100

Skyguard’s Parent Company Ranked In Sunday Times Fast Track 100 For Second Year Running

Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help Ltd has been ranked as one of Britain’s most successful private companies by The Sunday Times for a second consecutive year.

The 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, published this week, champions the UK’s top performing private companies based strictly on financial performance with the fastest growing sales over their latest three years. Send For Help has been placed 80th.

Founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray, Send for Help has prominently featured in the national press throughout the year as a real success story. Business continues to go from strength-to-strength. The company is now independently verified as the largest lone worker protection provider in the world.

Skyguard, along with its sister companies, Guardian24 and recently-acquired Peoplesafe, uses key fob sized GPS personal safety alarms and mobile phone apps to provide 24 hour personal protection to

30 November 2017
 November 30, 2017
Minimum workplace temperature

What’s the Minimum Temperature Employees Can Work In?

As temperatures in the UK plummet to below freezing, experts are suggesting this current cold snap may be a sign of things to come, with some predicting the worst winter in over 5 years.

Public Health England have issued a warning to prepare for a long spell of cold and advising those at risk to take precautions. In the workplace colder weather can have an adverse effect on employees, not only their productivity but it can also make carrying out some roles more hazardous.
What does the law say?
You may be surprised to hear that legally there is no minimum or maximum temperature in the workplace that employers must stick to, only a number of guidelines.

Regulation 7, under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states: “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable” and “provide reasonable comfort without the need for special clothing.”

Guidance on working temperature varies depending on the nature of the environment, with a suggested minimum temperature of 16 degrees. For employees doing physical work this is lowered

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