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16 September 2015
 September 16, 2015
Safetember is National Forklift Safety Month

Safetember – National Fork Lift Safety Month

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have extended their week long safety campaign to one month in order to help companies who operate fork lift trucks to put safety first. Throughout September, or ‘Safetember’ the FLTA are providing specially designed safety resources that are free for companies to

9 September 2015
 September 9, 2015
Health and Safety North 2015

Health and Safety North 2015

Skyguard are exhibiting at this year’s Health and Safety North event held at the Bolton Arena. Taking place from 7th – 8th October 2015, the event will showcase our new and improved MySOS device along with our range of award winning personal safety solutions.

The MySOS device, already packed with features and certified to BS 8484 standards has been made even smaller with enhanced functionality. Amongst other features, the device now vibrates to confirm an alarm initiation, with an extended battery life of up to 50 hours.

Skyguard’s Marketing Director Will Murray said: “With its advanced functionality and smaller design, we are delighted to be demonstrating the new and improved MySOS to visitors of Health and Safety North.”

For a demonstration of the MySOS personal alarm – Europe’s smallest of its kind; visit Skyguard at stand F8 throughout the two day event. If you’re not already registered to attend, you can do so for free

8 September 2015
 September 8, 2015
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Smart use of your Smartphone

Although we’d all love to own the latest smartphone, unfortunately the fancier they are – the more liable they are to being stolen. That’s not to say we shouldn’t own them; we just need to take precautions to protect them from thieves. According to a recent survey, more than 300,000 mobile phones are reported stolen to police each year.

Here are 8 helpful tips for safeguarding you and your device:

Think about where you keep it when on the go. Try not to keep it in a pocket but somewhere where it can be zipped away. Not only does this prevent it slipping out but makes the job of a pick-pocket one step harder.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you do feel the need to use your phone in public, (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) don’t glue yourself to the screen – make sure you are aware of who is around you.
Evaluate the situation. If you do feel you’re in a risky environment or have seen some suspicious behaviour, perhaps

24 August 2015
 August 24, 2015
Helpful tips and advice for those working alone

Fact Sheet for Working Alone

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), safe working arrangements for lone workers should be established exactly as they are for other employees.
Prior to assigning an employee to a lone working activity, the employer must first consider potential hazards, asking themselves…
 

Can one person adequately control the risks of the job?
How will the individual be supervised?
Is the job suitable for a young lone worker?
Is there a higher risk presented to a female carrying out the role?
Is there any risk of violence attached?
Is the assigned individual medically suitable for lone working?
What is the procedure should the lone worker fall ill or face an emergency?
What is the required training to ensure the upmost safety in the role?

Taking extra precautions may help eliminate the hazards presented to lone working, such as…

Introducing a Buddy System –  If the job is simply too risky to be carried out alone, a second employee is assigned to the role to provide extra support.
Increased Communications – Often a two way walkie-talkie is all it takes to

3 August 2015
 August 3, 2015
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Skyguard Personal Alarms Give Confidence to Circle Housing’s Lone Working Staff

In order to alleviate the risk to its lone working maintenance team, Circle Housing Property Services has introduced ‘MySOS Mandown’ personal safety devices, developed exclusively by Skyguard.

Circle Housing Property Services (CHPS) are an in-house property maintenance team providing services to Circle Housing’s regional providers. Employing around 115 lone working tradesmen across a large geographical area presented a high risk of workplace injury or assault. Not only are the tradesman often working from heights but regularly carry out tasks alone.

To mitigate the risk to its lone workers, CHPS chose to adopt Skyguard’s MySOS Mandown devices – a small, discreet and easy to use personal safety alarm, featuring GPS, GPRS and Mandown technologies. Certified to the highest industry standards (BS 8484, Secured by Design), the MySOS Mandown is the smallest and lightest device available in Europe, enabling the team to conveniently carry the alarm on their person. With two-way audio, it provides lone workers with a simple yet effective way to call

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