Next week Health and Safety North comes to Manchester with Skyguard exhibiting alongside a whole host of the safety industry’s leading names.
Due to popular demand, the show is to be held on the 10th and 11th of October at a brand-new location, EventCity, the second largest conference venue outside London. In its tenth year, the event promises to attract over 200 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors through the door over the course of the two days.
With 36 hours of free conferences, seminars and an outstanding line up including 56 speakers, Health and Safety North is a must for health and safety practitioners looking to network, procure and learn more about best practice and the latest products available on the market.
Skyguard will be demonstrating a range of solutions designed to protect those working alone including our exclusive MySOS personal safety device and cutting-edge lone worker apps. For those seeking advice on how to manage lone working within their organisation and the best methods of protecting employees, our team will be ready to answer your
A worrying trend has emerged as official figures from last year show an ‘alarming’ increase in assaults on emergency service workers.
In 2016 there were 46 recorded assaults on police officers from North and West Devon, which is up on the previous year by a staggering 58%. Incidents reported range from officers being spat at and pushed to having clumps of hair torn out, with some injuries resulting in broken bones. The true scale of the problem may even be greater than anticipated, as it is suspected many assaults are going unreported.
Superintendent for the region Tony Davies, branded the rise ‘wholly unacceptable’ and has called for harsher penalties for those found guilty.
Speaking to the Northern Devon Gazette he said: “We should not tolerate assaults on any of our local emergency service workers or public servants going about their business and I fully support the calls for tougher sentences on offenders to send out a clear message that it is unacceptable within a modern society.”
Statistics for local Northern Devon NHS Trust tell a similar story, with 334 recorded
One of Britain’s best-loved luxury hospitality chains, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have adopted Skyguard personal alarms to offer protection for its lone workers.
The company employs over 4,000 staff at hotels and resorts across the UK and in Europe, with the safety and wellbeing of those employees being a key priority.
Shift workers, including receptionists, night porters and cleaners often find themselves working alone late at night and are therefore more vulnerable to risk. Being a safety conscious employer, the group have put in place measures to allow staff to get help discreetly if they encounter situations where they feel uncomfortable or threatened.
Macdonald choose Skyguard as the leading supplier of lone worker safety solutions to equip their night porters with MySOS personal alarms. Michael Careless, Cluster Night Manager, explains just how crucial the devices are:
“I have night porters relying on the assurance of an activation, these devices make them feel safe at night. Without this piece of technology, we would not function properly.”
The handheld unit supplied
Next month, London’s ExCeL exhibition centre will be hosting the Safety & Health Expo – the ‘UK’s no.1 health and safety event and conference.’
The show runs from the 20th-22nd June and promises to be “the only place in the UK where all key associations, manufacturers and distributors come together with industry leaders, providing an unrivalled opportunity to source new health and safety products, network and get up to speed with the latest guidance and legislation.”
Throughout the course of three days, delegates will be spoilt for choice – with the chance to attend exclusive seminars, mingle with over 27,000 industry professionals and watch live product demos, showcasing the latest innovations in security technology.
Skyguard are delighted to be featuring once again, with our team advising on the best methods of protecting lone workers and showing off our very own MySOS personal alarms and Smartphone apps in action. That’s not all as event attendees that subscribe to our
Stepping into someone else’s property can be intimidating at times, especially if you are alone. Many lone working roles require staff to carry out home visits by themselves – for example community nurses, housing officers, carers, social workers and those doing repairs.
We have assembled some tips on how to make home visits safer for lone workers.
1. Plan your visit beforehand
Be prepared. If you are going somewhere new, check out the location prior to your visit so that you are familiar with the area. This helps you get to safety quicker if need be. If possible, it’s also a good idea to find out more about the person you are visiting. Therefore, you’ll be more prepared and aware of potential issues before you arrive.
2. Park your vehicle as nearby as possible
If travelling by car, park somewhere that enables you to make a fast exit. Choose a well-lit area, away from driveways or anywhere that you could be blocked in. Also, make sure you reverse in so it’s easier to maneuver out.