In most organisations, the number of lone and remote workers is increasing. The huge rise in mobile devices, a greater emphasis on work/life balance, and the need for companies to be constantly ‘on’ are all playing a part in this growth. Although this trend is largely positive, offering employers and employees alike greater flexibility, it also creates a more complex environment for worker safety. In a complex environment of worker flexibility, remoteness and lone working, how do employers ensure the safety of their teams?
Lone worker safety systems that respond to users’ needs
A lone worker protection system is an essential part of mitigating the risks, reducing the incidence of problems and, when problems do occur, ensuring that help is delivered quickly. Each team member’s working scenario will carry with it specific risks inherent to their situation – but it will also present opportunities to enhance safety. Protection systems such as Safe Hub are accessed by the lone worker on a device suited to their working practices and processes. Each situation will require something different.
Let’s look at six different lone worker scenarios:
• People working in remote areas with a weak mobile signal will need satellite devices.
• Customer-facing staff probably need a wearable device or a discreet product with an easy-to-locate SOS feature.
• Team members using smartphones or even standard mobile phones may not want to carry an additional device, in which case they need a system accessed via an app or short dial programming.
• Office or home-based workers using PCs or laptops should be able to use a desktop-accessible system.
• Staff working near to combustible materials or in industrial locations will require an intrinsically safe device, and durable devices designed specifically to remove the risk of a spark.
• People working in areas where exposure may be time-limited should be protected with alarm beacons that monitor access and egress.
Multiple lone working scenarios will mean you need multiple devices – so it’s essential to choose a system that will work across all devices, seamlessly! You also need to be able to set up user-specific profiles. For each lone worker, you can define the exact engagement, monitoring and escalation protocols that will suit their needs.
Safe Hub is your lone worker safety solution
Companies with varied remote and lone workers need to be sure that they invest in a protection system that supports every worker, regardless of their work/risk scenario. You can take your next steps with Lone Worker Solutions. Deep rooted in the way we operate is the recognition that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’. Our proprietary Safe Hub platform is specifically designed to support the widest possible range of devices in the industry.
The platform supports smartphones (Android, Apple iOS and Windows operating systems), standard mobiles and BlackBerrys, dedicated and discreet devices, wearable devices such as a smartwatch, satellite devices, intrinsically safe devices and PC/Laptop apps. The platform features an easy to use web-based management system that supports an unlimited number of staff profiles.
Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today to find out how Safe Hub can save lives
Post by Steve White
Steve is Chief Technical Officer at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He works closely with the technical development team and all LWS clients to ensure the effective deployment of Safe Hub. This guarantees the correct integration of Safe Hub with existing and legacy systems, its appropriate scalability, and the efficient operation of systems.
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 BS8484:2016 Gold Certified 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 devices including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones