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22 March 2017
 March 22, 2017
Advice on what to do if someone is following you

Personal Safety Advice: What to Do if You Suspect You’re Being Followed

The feeling of being watched is something that most of us can relate to experiencing at some point. Thankfully in the majority of cases this is often just down to an overactive imagination, but what if your fears were correct? Worse still, what if you were being followed?

In this frightening scenario, instinct can play a key role. It’s important to trust your senses and keep a calm head to protect yourself and get to safety as quickly as possible. We have produced some advice on how to tell if you are being followed and what you should do.
Stay calm and in control of your fears
If you suspect someone is trailing you either on foot or by vehicle, your first thought may be to panic and speed up to try and lose them. In fact, this could actually make matters worse and put you in more danger, especially if you are driving. Instead slow down and take a deep breath. Note how the person responds, do they adjust their pace to match or hang back?
Be aware

20 March 2017
 March 20, 2017
Visit Skyguard at The Health & Safety Event

Skyguard to Exhibit at The Health & Safety Event 2017 at The NEC

On March 21st-23rd The Safety & Health Event returns to The NEC in Birmingham with some of the industry’s biggest names all under one roof.

As the UK’s fastest growing event for health and safety practitioners, over 200 companies including Skyguard will be exhibiting at the 3-day show. Attendees can choose from a fantastic selection of seminars offering advice on everything from improving safety in logistics to health and safety policy and fall protection.

There’s also the chance to get involved with the popular Safety Dialogue roundtable debates and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the course of the event.

Skyguard will once again be showcasing our range of specialist lone worker protection solutions, featuring our BS 8484:2016 accredited devices and apps. As ever the team will be on hand to answer your questions and provide exclusive demonstrations of our products. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Safety & Health Event is free to attend, please register now.

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15 March 2017
 March 15, 2017
Visit Skyguard at Stand 5 at biggest lone worker event

Join Skyguard at The Lone Worker Safety Expo 2017

This year’s Lone Worker Safety Expo will be taking place on the 28th March at London’s Olympia Conference Centre. Bringing together top industry experts and professionals, the event is a must for those who are responsible for lone workers.

As well as featuring a broad spectrum of exhibitors covering all aspects of lone worker safety, there will be a host of fantastic speakers and seminar sessions from those in the know.

This provides delegates with a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and learn more about:

Your legal responsibilities concerning lone working
British Standards for Lone Worker Systems
Robust risk assessment tools
Producing effective policies and procedures
Implementing high impact training
Up-to-date control measures with the latest advances in technology
And much, much more…

Skyguard will be showcasing our leading range of personal safety devices and apps designed to protect lone workers. Visit us at stand 5 for exclusive demonstrations from the team

9 March 2017
 March 9, 2017
There are many solutions to protect lone workers to choose from

Choosing a Lone Worker Solution

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?
Who are you looking to protect?
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.
What situations are they likely to be in?
Some roles will come with a greater level of risk, so

1 March 2017
 March 1, 2017
The new version of BS 8484:2016 has replaced the 2011 version

BS 8484:2016 Replaces Previous Version of Lone Worker Standard

As of today, BS 8484:2016 the updated standard for lone worker device services has replaced the previous version from 2011.

First published at the end of summer last year, the new standard is a major revision which encompasses several modifications including greater transparency in reporting and tighter Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for improved response times. There is also now comprehensive coverage of lone worker smartphone applications.

BS 8484:2016 provides an important benchmark by which to compare lone worker solutions. To meet its requirements an organisation must first successfully undergo a rigorous audit. Only then can alarms be escalated directly through to local Police control rooms using URNs (Unique Reference Numbers) and receive priority response bypassing the 999 system.

Earlier this year Skyguard became one of the first companies to be successfully audited and gain BS 8484:2016 certification, ensuring that the lone worker products and services we offer are approved and accredited to the highest possible standards.

James Murray, CEO of Skyguard commented

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