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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

7 March 2018
 March 7, 2018
Must have features for lone worker devices

5 Key Features of An Effective Lone Worker Device

When you’re working alone, having a reliable method by which you can call for help is a must. Equipping lone workers with personal safety alarms is a simple and effective way to address this.

With many options on the market, we’ve put together a list highlighting several key characteristics or features that devices should ideally have and how these can help ensure staff are best protected.
Speed and Ease of Activation
In an emergency, getting help fast can be critical. Therefore, probably the most important feature a lone worker device requires, is quick and easy activation. A user must be able to raise an alarm with one button press and it should be very clear how to do this, so that even if someone had never seen the device before they would be able to activate it. Of course, the flipside of this is that an alarm shouldn’t be so easy to activate that it regularly creates false alarms. To avoid false activations, its best to choose a unit that requires a button to be held down

1 March 2018
 March 1, 2018
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Safety Advice for Lone Workers in the Manufacturing Sector

Manufacturing is one of the most widespread industry sectors in Britain. According to the Health & Safety Executives (HSE), the sector employs an estimated 2.5m staff within the UK.  The industry is extremely widespread, with its nature of producing goods, different industries can include the production of food, drink, furniture, electronics, plastics, paper and many more.  

HSE figures have revealed that between 2012-17, there were on average 22 reported deaths of those working within the UK’s manufacturing sector. There were also more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and approximately 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more.

One recent case reported to the HSE involved a member of staff at a manufacturing firm getting the sleeve of their coat stuck in a food mixer. With the force of the machine the employee got dragged in which resulted in broken ribs, a collapsed lung and large blood clots.

Another real-life case involved a worker at a plastic manufacturing firm suffering life threatening injuries. After being

23 February 2018
 February 23, 2018
Attacked

What can be done to prevent assaults on some of the most vulnerable staff in the UK?

Employees, especially those with public facing roles are vulnerable to experiencing assaults within their working environment. The figures for this type of crime have been significantly rising year on year, with little sign of improvement.

When working alone or with no one in close proximity, the risk is heightened greatly. Not only are lone working employees more of a target, they face the problem of not being able to easily seek help if an emergency was to occur.

With the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) yearly reports, it can be identified that in the year of 2016/17 both the retail and the health and social care sectors experienced the highest number of serious staff assaults. Roles within health and social care include community nurses and social workers who are responsible for visiting people’s homes, often alone. Due to the nature of their work they can be exposed to vulnerable individuals. Official figures revealed by the NHS’s safety advisory body found that in the year of 2016-17 there were 70,555 violent assaults on doctors, nurses

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