The First2HelpYou team had a great time at the annual Lone Worker Safety Expo in London on Tuesday, speaking to conference visitors about our lone worker solutions and enjoying a varied range of presentations.
It’s now over two years since the Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered. She was simply going about her daily business serving her constituents in Birstall, West Yorkshire, when the perpetrator, Thomas Mair attacked her in the street; he shot Jo then stabbed her twice, she died at the scene.
There are a lot of lone worker solutions out there on the market, different providers, devices and to add to the mix – lone worker apps. It can be confusing trying to choose what solution is best for your lone workers. Most solution first-time buyers often can’t decide between physical devices or smartphone applications but this can usually be decided by carrying out a lone worker risk assessment and finding out what type of lone workers you have.
As we head into autumn, the days are going to become shorter and many people will be travelling to and from work in the dark. For anyone who is lone working, the dark can bring additional hazards and extra precautions must be taken. Here are some tips from First2HelpYou to help reduce the risk for those lone working in the dark, the same applies to those who work regular night time shifts.
Lone worker alarms come in various shapes and sizes, but the best ones are simple devices which can be worn multiple ways. Devices like the First2HelpYou KIT device can be worn on belt clips, used as a key fob, or one of the most popular options – as an ID badge.
After our success at the Health and Safety Event earlier this year, First2HelpYou will be joining our friends over at the Lone Worker Safety Expo this October. Read on for more details about this must-attend conference for anyone who manages or works with lone workers.
Employers have a duty to look after and protect their lone workers, but if you work alone you also have an obligation to help keep yourself safe. Personal safety is so important and when you are out and about, on your own, there is only so much your employer can do to help keep you away from harm. Having your wits about you and being aware of the hazards at all times is as important as carrying a lone worker device or your employer having a good lone worker policy in place.
Working from home is becoming increasingly common. The last set of data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of home workers in the UK has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over a decade. It is estimated that more than five million people work from home, either all of the time or are able to work flexibly, spending part of their time at home.
Lone working is a scary enough job but some sectors face higher threats, particularly verbal or physical violence. On such sector is retail. Earlier this year, The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey revealed a worrying spike in violence against retail staff, with the number of incidents happening at twice the rate of last year’s survey.