At this time of year, offices can feel empty. Many organisations have had to plan carefully to accommodate staff holidays. But that doesn’t mean that employers can let up on maintaining their commitment to health and safety. Even staff who aren’t taking a break will often be working remotely or from home. Employers need to consider the safety and security of their staff wherever they’re working. And for lone workers operating outside or in extreme weather conditions, employers need to pay particular attention. This is where Lone Worker Solutions and our Safe Hub lone worker protection system comes into its own.
Our Alarm Receiving Centre stays sharp over the summer
Even at the height of summer, MiTec, our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) continues to operate at full capacity 24/7. The ARC uses the very latest voice and data communications technologies to support Safe Hub. And MiTec holds the BS5979 Gold Category II accreditation, the highest-possible award from the UK’s National Security Inspectorate.
The highly trained ARC staff are able to handle any contact which your workers have with them. Whether it’s emergency, buddy, reactive or proactive support, they can direct appropriate assistance to a worker’s location with pinpoint accuracy. Most importantly, in an emergency, the ARC can ensure direct access to emergency services, bypassing the usual 999 call procedures.
Our dedicated devices are built for every season
We’ve chosen devices which can cope with extremes. Our dedicated devices carry robust technical specifications, to provide Safe Hub protection for lone workers operating outdoors. This means they can continue to function in extremely high temperatures and summer downpours.
For instance, the SPOT Gen3 works comfortably in temperatures up to 60 degrees Centigrade, and at high humidity. Even the hot summer temperatures of 2018 are well within tolerance. SPOT Gen3 also carries an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning it can be immersed in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes. So it can certainly cope with the thunderstorms which the UK has been subjected to recently.
Keeping an eye on safety as well as the weather
There are of course other ways that you can keep your staff safe and comfortable at this time of year. This should be part of every employer’s commitment to a safety culture at the highest level. In particular, it’s important to ensure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is optimised for the summer. PPE can reduce the body's ability to evaporate sweat. Workers should be encouraged to cool down by removing PPE when they are not working. Fans can be used where appropriate even in outdoor work.
We talked in a blog last month about the need to keep lone workers hydrated and protected from the sun too. As well as communicating this to staff, why not issue them with a high SPF sun cream and reusable water bottles. If working with scaffolding, consider covering scaffolding sites to provide shade. And it may be a good idea to adapt or alter working hours to minimise sun and heat exposure.
Safe Hub doesn’t take a summer break. Our clients can rest assured that we’ve got your lone workers covered, wherever they may be working.
Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today
Post by Rob Gilbert
Rob is Chief Sales Officer at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He is responsible for introducing new clients to the benefits of Safe Hub, and ensuring their experience is straightforward, simple and truly effective. His consultative, customer-focused approach means our clients have full access to every possible resource to achieve lasting, best-of-breed solutions and service excellence.
About Lone Worker Solutions
At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.
About Safe Hub
Safe Hub is an award-winning package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of BS8484:2016 Gold Certified devices, including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.