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28 September 2018
 September 28, 2018
Advice for Travelling at Night

Infographic: Personal Safety at Night

As the days get shorter it’s important to think about your personal safety when you’re out and about.

At this time of year we’re starting to see the effect of the changing seasons on our journeys to and from work in particular, with many of us noticing the darker mornings and shorter evenings.

We’ve produced a quick reference guide with some top safety tips that you should bear in mind when travelling at night.

 
1. Let People Know Where You Are
Before you go out tell someone where you are planning to go and roughly when you expect to come back.
2. Avoid Walking Alone
Remember there is safety in numbers, so if possible try to stay with a group of friends.
3. Be Confident and Alert
Walk with purpose and be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Don’t wear earphones.
4. Keep Expensive Items Out of Sight
Valuable items such as mobile phones or jewellery can make you a target for thieves, make sure these are safely tucked

14 September 2018
 September 14, 2018
Health and Safety North 2018 - Visit Skyguard Stand E42

See the Latest Innovations in Lone Worker Safety at Health & Safety North

Join Skyguard next month at Health & Safety North as we exhibit the latest innovations in lone worker safety.

From 9th-10th October we’ll be in Manchester demonstrating our range of lone worker safety apps and devices, providing specialist advice and giving you the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial.
When and Where is it?
Health and Safety North is located at EventCity in Manchester on 9th-10th October.

Doors open at 9am, here’s how to get there.
Why Attend?
The exhibition has been specially developed for health and safety professionals from businesses throughout the north and beyond. It provides a platform for the safety community to come together and share ideas, through networking sessions, debates, Q&As and interactive panel discussions.

With 200 exhibitors and 36 hours of free specially-selected content from 56 industry speakers – there’s plenty on offer over the course of the two-day event.
Don’t Forget to Visit us at Stand

22 August 2018
 August 22, 2018
Should the UK introduce emergency text alerts

Should the UK use Mobile Alert Systems?

On a Friday evening in the run up to Christmas 2017, panic spread through one of London’s busiest shopping areas, Oxford Street, as rumours of a terror alert began circling on social media.

Amongst the chaos that ensued, singer Olly Murs became an unlikely source of public safety information, telling his 7 million Twitter followers that gunshots had been heard in department store Selfridges.

Some time later Police confirmed the incident to be false, having reportedly originated from an altercation between two men at a nearby tube station. However, by this time it was too late. Scenes of mass-hysteria were described as armed officers evacuated the area, with screaming crowds ‘running for their lives’ resulting in a stampede which injured several people.

This case quite clearly highlights the importance of controlling the misinformation that can circulate in these situations, especially on social media.
What are mobile alert systems?
One possible way to do this is using mobile alert systems, which in the event of a real emergency can disseminate safety information quickly to a mass audience straight to

20 August 2018
 August 20, 2018
Skyguard Awarded NHS Lone Worker Framework 2018 Agreement

Skyguard Awarded NHS Lone Worker Framework Agreement

Skyguard – Europe’s leading personal safety service – has been selected as an approved supplier on the NHS’s 2018 Lone Worker Framework Agreement.

Following a rigorous OJEU tender process undertaken on behalf of NHS Business Services Authority, Skyguard has been awarded the NHS Supply Chain’s Lone Worker Framework, launching on 1st September 2018.

The Framework Agreement which runs for two years with a two year extension, allows any NHS Trust to procure Skyguard’s range of lone worker devices and apps easily and cost effectively. Coinciding with the award of the Framework, Skyguard will be launching its new, innovative ‘MicroSOS’ device – it’s most discreet and feature-rich to date.

Certified to the highest industry standards and the Department of Health’s Information Governance Toolkit, Skyguard is already one of the largest suppliers of lone worker alarms to the NHS. Skyguard’s solutions are utilised by over 150 NHS Trusts across the country including flagship sites such as, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guy’s and St.Thomas’, and

8 August 2018
 August 8, 2018
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Festival Safety: Your Guide to Staying Safe as a Lone Worker this Festival Season

It’s that time of year again where people of all ages are enjoying the sun and possibly attending some of the many festivals happening all over the country.

It’s no secret that these festivals can often pose threats to the attendees, something which many newspapers, websites and police forces try to mitigate by launching campaigns aimed at keeping the attendees aware and safe. But what about the lone workers at these events? What threats are they faced with? And how can we reduce the risks?

Many workers at these festivals are often volunteers or temporary workers hired just for the event. However, it is not uncommon to also see police patrolling these events as an extra precaution to ensure the safety of the attendees. At 2017’s Notting Hill Carnival, The Independent reported that 31 police officers experienced injuries due to acts of violence, such as

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