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11 August 2014
 August 11, 2014
Quattro Telematics


Skyguard are pleased to announce that Quattro Telematics are the latest organisation to join their Business Associate Programme.

With offices based in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, Quattro Telematics are a leading European provider of vehicle tracking and workforce management solutions. The partnership allows Quattro Telematics to distribute Skyguard’s MySOS lone worker safety solution to clients across the UK and Europe, complimenting their existing product portfolio.

Skyguard’s MySOS device is the smallest and lightest GPS alarm in Europe, providing lone workers and vulnerable individuals a simple yet effective way to call for help in any situation. Its intelligent design allows the MySOS to be worn as a pendant around the neck, or secured to a belt, keyring or ID-badge holder.

GPRS technology provides fast and effective alarm transmission, with SMS as a backup, while two-way audio allows Skyguard’s controllers to listen-in to the user’s environment and talk to them, if it’s

5 August 2014
 August 5, 2014
Will Murray - Lone Worker Committee member


Skyguard’s Will Murray, highlights the risks, both physical and legal, of failing to protect staff who work alone and the importance of adopting the BS 8484 standard for lone-worker protection.

A lone worker can be defined as an employee who performs an activity that is carried out in isolation from other workers, without close or direct supervision. With such a broad definition, there are varying estimates of the number of lone workers in the UK, but it is generally accepted that at least six million people work either alone, or on their own for parts of their working day.

Often these individuals are working in hazardous environments or circumstances which place them at risk of violence, accidents, or illness – the fact they are working alone puts them at even greater risk should the worst happen.

What does this mean for an employer?

Organisations have a legal and moral Duty of Care to protect their staff from unnecessary risks, and there are several pieces of health and safety legislation which apply to all organisations:

The Health & Safety at

23 July 2014
 July 23, 2014
London Fire Brigade

Avoid ‘Potty’ Incidents Warning from London Fire Brigade

Fire chiefs have revealed the Brigade’s most unusual child rescues to encourage parents to keep an eye on their kids during the summer holidays.

The warning comes as last week, firefighters were called to rescue a child in Bromley with its head stuck in a potty.

The Brigade has spent nearly £240,000* in the last five years rescuing children who accidentally get locked in rooms or get themselves trapped in things.  Examples include  being stuck up a tree, wedged in a statue and trapped under a slide. There were 1,508 incidents involving  young  people getting stuck on or in things during 2013/14, and 8,189 incidents over the last five years.  That’s around five call-outs a day.

In the last five years the Brigade’s crews have been called out to rescue:

A child with its head stuck in a potty in Dulwich last week (July  2014)
A child with

17 July 2014
 July 17, 2014
Drinking in heat

12 Tips for Staying Cool Whilst Working in Hot Weather

As we’re well and truly in the summer months with temperatures this week exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, working in hot, humid conditions are a common fact of life for many people.

Industries such as construction, utilities and agriculture regularly expose workers to hot weather. Couple this with the fact that many of these workers, some of whom work alone, must wear heavy protective apparel on the job, heat-related illnesses are a real threat to their safety and wellbeing.

When working alone outdoors in hot conditions, access to clean drinking water is a serious issue – one that affects health and productivity. Without easy access to fluids, workers can become dehydrated, which is a prime cause of heat illness.

Excessive exposure to a hot work environment can bring about a variety of heat-induced problems. In fact, after just two hours of moderate work, workers may begin to feel the initial stages of heat stress. At its

3 July 2014
 July 3, 2014
Waterproof accessory launched for MySOS alarms


Skyguard have introduced a brand new accessory designed to keep the MySOS personal safety device waterproof. The watertight pouch allows the MySOS to remain fully functional even if fully immersed in water for at least 30 minutes at a depth of 10 metres (pressure tested to the international standard IEC 60529). As the MySOS is so lightweight it will actually float in water, allowing the user to easily raise the alarm. The pouch also provides complete protection from dust, dirt and sand, making it ideal for outdoors use.

What’s more, the pouch will also accommodate most smartphones, allowing you to use your ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ application in wet conditions. With the pouch, you can raise the alarm anytime, anywhere. If you work in an environment where water is a hazard, the pouch, combined with Skyguard’s alarms or smartphone apps may prove to be a lifesaver.

The pouch is available direct from Skyguard at a one-off cost of £15 (plus postage and handling). To order, call our

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