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4 April 2018
 April 4, 2018
Skyguard are exhibiting at Health & Safety NEC

See Skyguard at The Health and Safety Event

Next week Skyguard will be attending The Health and Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham, providing the perfect opportunity for those interested in lone worker protection to see our innovative apps and devices in action.

Running from 10th-12th April, the event caters for health and safety professionals, promising to educate and inform as well as encouraging attendees to get involved and participate in debates, networking sessions and panel discussions.

This year sees the launch of the Lone Worker Theatre, a brand-new addition hosted by the Lone Worker Safety Expo team. It will feature speakers from across the industry exploring the challenges faced by lone workers, discussing best practice on assessing and managing risks.
Don’t Miss Our Exclusive Presentation
Our very own Mike Steere will be presenting in the Lone Worker Theatre, offering practical safety guidance for those who visit clients in their homes. Details are below:

Thursday 12th April – Personal Safety Advice When Visiting Clients – 10:50 – 11:20
We’ll be at Stand HS139
For more in-depth advice remember you can speak to our

26 March 2018
 March 26, 2018
medical

Protecting Employees with Medical Conditions

As you may already be aware, today is ‘Epilepsy Awareness Day 2018’, a whole day dedicated to spreading awareness of the medical condition faced by many.

This international day – celebrated on March 26th was originated in Canada in 2008 when a young girl with epilepsy wanted to get people talking about the condition and what sufferers face. In aid of the cause, people tend to organise charity fundraising events in order to raise money for both the diagnosis and treatment mechanisms of coping with epilepsy.

This type of movement pinpoints the importance of understanding medical conditions and the hardships that individuals can face on a daily basis. One way in which to protect those suffering with a medical condition like epilepsy is with the implementation of a personal safety device. Utilising a means of protection like a personal device can protect and enable someone who wouldn’t be able to work alone to do so.

Keeping in the spirit of the day, below are some elements of Skyguard’s MySOS device

23 March 2018
 March 23, 2018
Send For Help featured in The Sun newspaper

Read About Send For Help in The Sun Newspaper

Biggest selling UK daily paper, The Sun, has written a feature on our parent company, Send For Help, about the increase in demand for its lone worker protection services.

The company appears in the paper’s City section from Business Editor, Tracey Boles. With a readership of 4 million people, the tabloid is one of the country’s best-loved newspapers.

Chief Executive, James Murray was quoted describing the advantages of implementing measures to protect employees that work alone and looking at the consequences of failing to do so.

 
Read the story below:
Tech company Send For Help, which protects lone workers, has seen demand rise by 21 per cent in the past year.

The Epsom-based firm’s safety devices and apps offer direct links to police control rooms.

Clients include NHS trusts, pub chains and estate agents.

CEO James Murray said: “Our tech is cutting-edge, affordable and-easy to use.”

“Employers recognise the advantages of personnel protection when they look at the implications of legal costs and compensation if

21 March 2018
 March 21, 2018
National Police Chiefs Council

Providing a Faster Police Response with URNs

Through the use of Unique Reference Numbers (URNs), security systems are able to escalate alarms directly to police forces and provide an immediate response – faster than that available to those dialing 999.

URNs can be allocated to security systems such as Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) if they are compliant with requirements from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). They give ARCs a direct link to police control rooms and enable a level 1 priority response which bypasses the 999 system. Vital time is saved using this approach as alarms have already been verified as genuine by the ARC. Details of end users and the incident will also be passed on by the ARC, so a response can be dispatched much quicker.

Skyguard’s service is fully accredited with BS 8484:2016 and BS 5979 Category II Alarm Receiving Centre, as part of its compliance with the NPCC’s requirements. We have URNs for all UK police forces (where available), giving us

15 March 2018
 March 15, 2018
Lone working in Britain's prisons

The Issue of Lone Working in Britain’s Prisons

The safety of Britain’s prison staff hit the headlines earlier this week, with concerns raised surrounding the issue of employees being expected to work alone at a time when some fear an increase in violence is pushing the system to breaking point.

It has emerged that following a change in working practices, contracted prison maintenance staff at HMP Liverpool were required to do jobs alone which had previously been allocated to pairs. Workers carrying out repairs felt this may put them at greater risk as prisoners could potentially steal their tools to use against them in a violent assault.

One former employee commented, “I see it as a bag of tools, somebody else will see it as a bag of weapons.”

It’s likely that this case is not isolated and the problem may be worse than immediately thought, as low staffing levels are reportedly commonplace in Britain’s prisons. Looking at the wider issue raises the question if lone working is appropriate in such a high

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