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1 December 2014
 December 1, 2014
Safety at Christmas

30 Tips to Keep Safe this Christmas

Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual – for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events – and the last thing you need is to become a victim of crime.

To help avoid this, consider some of the following advice courtesy of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

Christmas Shopping

Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you, eg. Tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
Be careful where you park your car

1 December 2014
 December 1, 2014
Skyguard are security excellence awards winner

SKYGUARD SCOOP LONE WORKER HONOURS AT SECURITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Skyguard have been recognised for their continued outstanding contribution to Lone Worker protection at the recent IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014, beating some tough competition in the ‘Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology’ category. Presented at the prestigious Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London attended by over 1,000 Security industry experts, Director Will Murray received the award on behalf of the company.

Now in their sixteenth year, the Security Excellence Awards are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ for both the security & fire business sectors. The awards highlight the very best people, projects and processes the UK’s security sector has to offer.

The high calibre Judging Panel – including representatives from all areas of security & fire, the world of academia and the policing sector determined that Skyguard’s deployment of personal safety devices and 24 hour Incident Management to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust surpassed all other entries.

Skyguard provide over 700 MySOS personal safety alarms to

20 November 2014
 November 20, 2014
lone worker safety

SKYGUARD TO EXHIBIT AND HOST SEMINAR AT LONE WORKER SAFETY CONFERENCE 2014

Skyguard will be showcasing their exclusive range of personal safety devices and smartphone apps at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference, held at the Olympia Conference Centre on 25th November.

Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of Skyguard’s product range on their stand, including the recently launched iPhone app, which converts the handset into a fully functional personal safety device. The app is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as analogue phones.

Skyguard will also be demonstrating the MySOS – Europe’s smallest and lightest safety device featuring GPS, GPRS, GSM and Mandown technologies. The key fob-sized MySOS, can be discreetly worn as pendant, attached to a belt or keyring, or as an ID badge using the clip-on accessory. The MySOS is also accredited to the highest industry standards; BS 8484 and ACPO’s ‘Secured by Design’ scheme.

17 November 2014
 November 17, 2014
GLOUCESTERSHIRE TELECARE AND SKYGUARD PROVIDE GREATER INDEPENDENCE TO DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S SUFFERERS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE TELECARE AND SKYGUARD PROVIDE GREATER INDEPENDENCE TO DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S SUFFERERS

Europe’s leading personal safety service provider – Skyguard, are working with Gloucestershire Telecare to help dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers lead more independent and safer lives.

Gloucestershire Telecare – a jointly funded service by NHS Gloucestershire Care Services and Gloucestershire County Council, has invested in 90 of Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety devices for those under their care. The key-fob sized alarms are the smallest available in Europe which incorporate GPS and mobile phone technology. Designed with convenience in mind, the MySOS can be worn as a pendant, attached to belt, keyring, or carried in a pocket or handbag.

Should the end-user go wandering and lose their way, a press of the SOS button will connect them to Skyguard’s 24 hour Incident Management Centre. Here, highly trained Controllers can view their GPS location, pre-registered information and emergency contacts. They will be able to listen-in and talk to the user and decide the best course of action – calling

13 November 2014
 November 13, 2014
Fines to increase for H&S breaches

New Proposals Could Herald £20 million Health and Safety Fines

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

The Sentencing Council’s consultation draft, issued today, includes guidance for all health and safety offences, not just those involving fatalities as previously, and links fines to corporate turnover as well as the seriousness of the offence.

Proposed guidelines include a range of tariffs for companies with differing annual turnover, modified by the seriousness of the offence and the level of organisational culpability.

For a corporate manslaughter example, a medium sized company with a turnover of between £10 million and £50 million could expect a fine with a “starting point” of £3 million for the most serious offence, ranging up to £7.5 million while the starting point for a less serious offence would be £2 million ranging up to £5 million. The current guidance sets a benchmark of fines up to £500,000.

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