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24 May 2016
 May 24, 2016
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Skyguard to Exhibit Lone Worker Protection at Safety and Health Expo 2016

Skyguard will once again be showcasing our range of lone worker protection products and services at the Safety and Health Expo. The event, which takes place from the 21st – 23rd June at London’s ExCel arena is Europe’s leading annual safety and security event.

Located in the heart of the show, Skyguard will once again feature prominently within the Lone Worker Protection Area, occupying stand M2000.

We will be demonstrating our range of personal safety devices, such as the MySOS – Europe’s smallest dedicated lone worker alarm. In addition, our range of smartphone applications will also feature, including the launch of our popular app on Windows 8.1 and 10. As such, Skyguard are recognised as part of the event’s prestigious ‘Product Innovation Trail’.

Every day, our expert team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our service, offer full product demonstrations and explain how we can help protect lone working

18 May 2016
 May 18, 2016
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TalkTalk Adopts Skyguard’s MySOS Lone Worker Alarms to Protect Their Engineers

TalkTalk, the UK’s leading value for money provider of broadband, mobile and TV services, has turned to Skyguard to help protect their Field Engineers whilst working alone and out of hours.

With any form of lone working, a robust policy should be in place to ensure staff are adequately protected when performing their duties. With that in mind, TalkTalk selected 120 MySOS personal safety devices for use by their Engineers. The keyfob-sized alarm enables users to call for help in an emergency at the touch of a button. With GPS-technology, two-way audio communications, ‘Mandown’ fall detector and voice-memo (amber alert) functionality, the MySOS is the complete, fully accredited solution for lone worker protection.

In the event of an incident, a user activates the alarm on their MySOS device. The alarm is sent via mobile phone technology to Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre. There, experienced Controllers immediately know who the user is, their profession, medical

16 May 2016
 May 16, 2016
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Coping in Extreme Heat

With a shortage of hot, sunny days in the UK, it is no wonder that their arrival is welcomed with open arms. Whilst basking in the sunshine is ideal for some, it is very important to recognise when enough heat is enough. High temperatures, especially for long periods of time carry serious health warnings.

Why is extreme heat a problem?

Very hot weather poses risks to anyone, including dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It can also make heart and breathing problems worse, especially for the very young and the elderly. If you are taking certain medications such as those that control body temperate or sweating, you may wish to take extra precaution when temperatures are high.

8 Tips for keeping cool

The following tips are designed to prevent heat-related illness and help you keep cool and comfortable during hot summers days.

Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of how active you are going to be, avoiding high sugar content drinks – these can cause your body to lose more fluid.
Stay indoors if possible, especially during

3 May 2016
 May 3, 2016
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Animal Attacks – No Laughing Matter

The classic image of the dog chasing the postie can invoke whimsical and often humorous thoughts. It harks back to the days of the Beano or Dandy where the likes of Dennis the Menace’s dog, Gnasher would regularly torment visitors. These days, we’re more likely to laugh at videos on YouTube of Westies or Jack Russells tearing their way through the mail as it’s delivered.

However, with a rise in hospital admissions from dog attacks, often causing permanent disabling injuries, it’s no laughing matter.

According to official statistics, there has been a 76% rise in admissions over the past ten years in England. Last year alone, this equated to a staggering 7,227 incidents.

Lone working outreach nurses and postmen/women visiting people’s homes are prone to these attacks. Dave Joyce of the Communication Workers Union said: “Over 15,000 postal workers have been attacked by dogs over the last five years for simply doing their jobs.”

MPs also expressed their concern over dog attacks. Survey results revealed that politicians have faced similar assaults when

11 April 2016
 April 11, 2016
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1 in 8 Workers Face violence in the Workplace

According to research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in February 2016, one in eight people are victims of violence in the workplace. Employees reported being pushed or punched or even spat on. In more extreme cases, some victims reported being stabbed.

The findings revealed that the healthcare sector experienced the highest number of violent incidents with 22% of workers reporting an encounter. Some may question whether the reported number of assaults is misleading when taking in to account those that go unreported.

Results from the NHS staff survey in March 2016 revealed that 40% of Newcastle NHS employees did not report violence they experienced in 2015. In contrast, Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust believes her Trust, amongst others, has an open and honest culture with incidents reported accordingly, “We always encourage our staff to be proactive in regards to reporting any incidents.” She later added “We also believe that a high rate of reported incidents is a positive thing. It represents a culture of openness where staff feel they can raise

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