At Lone Worker Solutions, we’re hugely proud of the technology we’ve developed to provide lone worker safety. Safe Hub is an award-winning BS8484 2016 Gold Certified platform providing a comprehensive package of protection for lone workers. But this has to fit in with other elements of day-to-day health and safety practice. One factor is integrating Safe Hub with any personal protective equipment (PPE) which a lone worker uses.
We work with clients who know all about PPE
Our clients know what their workers need on a daily basis. It may be specific clothing or footwear, hand protection, or above-the-neck protection such as hard hats, eyewear or ear protection. They know all about the legislation governing PPE, including the EU’s PPE Regulation which became applicable in April 2018. And despite current uncertainties, they’ll respond to any changes to UK health and safety legislation which may occur after March 2019.
Solutions to fit an individual lone worker’s needs
We work with this equipment to ensure that lone workers are protected in the best possible manner. This will include being able to access emergency help with the minimum delays, or respond to alerts from managers in timely fashion. Lone Worker Solutions always designs a bespoke package of lone worker protection for each of our clients. We’ll ensure we get the right combination of apps and devices by looking at the individual risk assessments of each lone worker on the ground.
Risk scenario #1: cut-resistant hand protection
Take for instance a job role where the worker wears cut-resistant hand protection. They may not be able to use a mobile phone touchscreen easily, as such screens are ‘capacitive’. In other words, the screen requires contact with something holding an electric charge, such as human skin. Unless the fabric of the gloves contains conductive thread, it won’t transmit the electricity needed to operate the screen. Fortunately, Safe Hub has solutions for situations such as these, offering devices for workers to summon emergency help without removing their gloves. We’d suggest SOS Fob or Spot Gen3, as workers can trigger a Red Alert at the push of a button, saving potentially valuable seconds.
Risk scenario #2: noisy environments
In contrast, many job roles require hearing protection. Hazardous noise affects about 30% of UK workers, and this is an area where the 2018 EU regulation has increased requirements for employers to protect workers. Many organisations mitigate the effects of working in noisy environments by providing their workers with such items as earplugs, earmuffs or canal caps. For lone workers using this equipment, there may be issues with a lone worker safety device that only offers an auditory alert. We’d suggest a screen-based solution, such as ProtectMe or the Safe Hub App, where alerts can also be visual and provided by vibration, rather than just auditory.
Risk scenario #3: restrictive clothing
For other workers who require specialist clothing, it may be an even simpler issue around accessibility of devices. Hi-visibility or protective clothing may come with limited options when it comes to keeping a device close to hand. Alternatively, there may be too many pockets, meaning that a lone worker in distress may not remember exactly where their device is. In cases such as these, we’d suggest a simple solution for one of our wearable devices such as SOS ID Badge. All of our wearables come with a range of options. These include belt clip, arm holster, wrist band or lanyard, to ensure that the device is within easy reach.
Safe Hub works with an individual worker’s PPE to give them the best possible protection – and to give health and safety managers peace of mind. Find out more by speaking with one of our tem today.
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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.