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16 July 2015
 July 16, 2015
BSIA Lone Worker Committee

Send For Help Group’s Subsidiaries Voted as Committee Members of BSIA Lone Worker Section

The Send For Help Group – Europe’s largest lone worker protection provider, has been elected two committee memberships of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Lone Workers Section; one for each of its subsidiary companies. Will Murray, Marketing Director, has been re-elected as representative for Guardian24, whilst Ben Hawkins, Incident Management Centre Manager, has been newly appointed to represent Skyguard.

The BSIA’s constitution dictates that Section Committee Member elections are held on an annual basis via secret ballot to the Section’s members. A maximum of eight places are available on the influential committee; seven of which have been occupied in the recent election.

The Committee’s role is to set the Section strategy and vote on key decisions, on behalf of the wider Section membership. Committee members can also play an important role in the development and revision of industry standards, as part of British Standards Institute (BSI) review panels. This is the case with the Send for Help Group’s two committee members, who sit on the BSI panel which is currently redrafting

13 July 2015
 July 13, 2015
Emergency services

Adapting the 999 service for Smartphone use

According to a report released by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, fundamental changes should be made to the UK’s 999 service to allow people to utilise Smartphones in an emergency. Professor Will Stewart said there was a ‘critical’ need to update the current service by possibly allowing apps to send alerts to the emergency services.

The report outlined the fact that the emergency services need to reflect the ‘digital age’ with more and more people using apps and social media to communicate rather making a voice call. Professor Stewart added: “Given that young people are statistically more likely to be victims of crime or accidents, it is a concern that making a voice call to contact the emergency services is not something that would feel natural to them.” He went on to say, “A girl alone in a minicab who becomes worried about her personal safety might feel unable to make a call on her mobile phone – but could send a text or alert someone over social

10 July 2015
 July 10, 2015
Lack of funding puts NHS workers at risk

Are Lone workers being put at risk due to lack of cash and resource in the NHS?

NHS Protect has this week announced that lack of funding and resources are the main barriers to improving the safety of their lone workers. In a questionnaire about protection levels, 62% of NHS employers said that they didn’t have the money or resources to make any improvements in the near future.

An alternative article from Nursing Protect highlighted that with nearly one quarter of lone workers in the mental health sector having been assaulted, the need for an increase in protection is vital. The survey suggested that there was a correlation between those using paid for lone worker safety devices and a lower assault rate on staff.

In light of the increasing mobility of NHS workers and the provision of more services out in the community, NHS Protect wanted to find out how well protected lone workers are. The results indicated that the levels of protection provided for lone workers vary

2 July 2015
 July 2, 2015
Annual workplace fatalities published

HSE Releases Annual Workplace Fatalities

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces shows small change from previous years, sustaining a long term trend that has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years.

Data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015 (a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers). This compares to last year’s positively low figure of 136 (0.45 fatalities per 100,000 workers). Fatal injuries at work are thankfully rare events and as a consequence, the annual figures are subject to chance variation.

The statistics again confirm that the UK is one of the safest places to work in Europe, having one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations.

However, HSE’s Chair Judith Hackitt points out that every death is a tragedy: ‘It is disappointing last year’s

1 July 2015
 July 1, 2015
Community nurse

Nearly 50% of community nurses subjected to abuse

According to a recent survey carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), almost half of community nurses have been victims of abuse within the last two years. 11% of those have faced physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse.

With around 68,595 community nurses in the UK, this equates to a staggering 32,640 subjected to abuse.  Unless an appropriate solution is sought, the number will increase in accordance to the rising number of lone working nurses.

Reacting to findings of the survey, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, Dr Peter Carter commented: ‘It is horrifying to hear of a worsening situation, and one where people who go to work each day to care for people end up feeling alone, afraid and under attack instead. It is hard to give the best care when you go to work in fear – and we really need all employers to take the safety of their staff seriously.’

Dr Carter went on to say: ‘Sadly, it seems

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