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5 April 2016
 April 5, 2016
NHS

Skyguard’s MySOS Device Safeguards Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s Outreach Staff

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has turned to Skyguard’s BS 8484 approved personal alarms to safeguard their community-based staff tasked with providing in-home services.

Skyguard’s keyfob sized MySOS devices were implemented as a means of discreet protection for lone working staff to carry on their person. Accredited to BS 8484 standards, the device is equipped with the latest mobile phone and GPS tracking technology.

When the user raises the alarm, an alert is instantly sent to Skyguard’s dedicated Incident Management Centre (IMC) along with the GPS location. Using the alarm’s two-way audio, trained Controllers will first listen in and assess the situation before talking to the user and taking appropriate action. Using the escalation instructions provided, the Controller will, if necessary, directly contact the local police control room, bypassing the 999 service for a faster response. All audio and actions from the incident are digitally

18 March 2016
 March 18, 2016
event

Skyguard to Showcase new MySOS Lone Worker Safety Device at The Health and Safety Event

Skyguard will be showcasing the new version of our exclusive MySOS personal safety alarm at this year’s Health and Safety Event, held at the NEC Birmingham from 22nd to 24th March 2016.

After further enhancement from Skyguard, the MySOS boasts a number of new features in an updated key-fob sized design. Fully certified to BS 8484, the British Standard for Lone Worker Devices, the MySOS features GSM, GPS and Mandown technologies, whilst retaining the title of Europe’s smallest personal safety alarm.

Visit Skyguard at stand C30 where you can witness live demonstrations of our exclusive lone worker protection range, including the MySOS device, as well as our smartphone application. Registration to attend the show is completely free and can be found here.

Register to Attend the Health and Safety Event, 2016

1 March 2016
 March 1, 2016
Ambulance Speeding

Four in Ten Paramedics Assaulted Last Year

Paramedics are our lifeline – first at the scene and first to help in a medical emergency.
However, shocking statistics revealed by The New Day newspaper found that 40 per cent or Ambulance crews are physically attacked by the public and nine in 10 are showing signs of becoming mentally ill.

The investigation uncovered a surge in violent attacks, soaring 999 calls, and burned-out paramedics fleeing the service. Research shows that Paramedics have a rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5.5 times that of war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Almost a quarter of ambulance staff have PTSD, according to research published in the British Medical Journal, compared to four per cent of army veterans.

Figures obtained by the newspaper show that violence on call-outs is increasingly commonplace.

Two-fifths of ambulance staff say they were violently attacked at least once in 2015, up from just over a third the year before. The figure is 62 per cent among the basic-trained emergency care assistants who work alongside paramedics, up from 46 per cent in 2014.

Overall

27 January 2016
 January 27, 2016
NSI Gold News Article

Skyguard Achieves NSI Guarding Gold Standard

Skyguard – Europe’s Premier Personal Safety Service has been awarded NSI’s prestigious Guarding Gold standard.
Following a rigorous audit, the award certifies that Skyguard is working to the very highest standards of both product and service provision.

The National Security inspectorate (NSI) is the recognised leading certification body for the UK’s Security, Fire and Facilities Management industries, offering a multi-tier approval scheme.

Previously, Skyguard had held the Guarding Silver award which audits against lone worker sector standards, such as BS 8484:2011. However, Guarding Gold was achieved after the company’s Quality Management System surpassed BS EN ISO 9001 requirements in addition to the ‘Silver’ standards already met.

NSI Gold is widely recognised as the highest level of certification across the security industry as well as the Police, Fire and Rescue services.

Skyguard’s own purpose-built, UK based 24 hour operated Incident Management Centre had already achieved

21 December 2015
 December 21, 2015
Lone worker

Why Accreditation Is Key in Deciding on a Lone Worker Solution

This past week, The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) conducted an interview asking the question: When buying a lone worker service how can I be sure that the supplier has the most effective access to the Police?

 

Ken Meanwell, lead on Security Systems Policy at the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) led the way on confirming that “Only audited and accredited lone worker suppliers, complying with the NPCC policy are able to state on publicity literature that their service is ‘Police Compliant’”.

 

Full Police compliance comes with the British Standards BS 8484:2011 and BS 5979 as the core requirements to guarantee a level 1 Police response. The Alarm Receiving Centre based standard, BS 5979 has also been supplemented with the “adopted BS EN 50518, complimented by BS 8591.” Meanwell states that “The NPCC and the two auditing bodies, NSI and SSAIB, have confirmed that all three

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