We hope all of our customers are enjoying their Christmas breaks and for those who are working, they are staying safe. First2HelpYou will be open over the holiday period to help those customers of ours who are also working but as we approach the New Year, we thought we would have a roundup of 2018.
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.
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.
Lone workers in retail are under threat.
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.
Lone working can come with its risks, but at different times of the year, there can be certain seasonal effects which accentuate these hazards, or bring new ones.
Lone workers should not be put at a greater risk than other employees, but the nature of their work can mean that frequently they are. While many workers are affected by seasonal changes, especially when it comes to commuting, lone workers may find themselves more exposed, sometimes literally.
Here we look at the potential effects of the changing seasons on lone workers.
The co-founder of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust died peacefully at home this week, aged 87. Paul Lamplugh OBE founded the personal safety focused trust with his wife, Diana, OBE, after the disappearance of their daughter, Suzy, in 1984.
Since then, the trust has worked tirelessly to reduce the risk of violence and aggression to people, and to lobby for awareness of lone worker and personal safety, and stalking.
When developing our own lone worker device we were keen to give users a small and easy to use device. Why? Because size does matter when it comes to lone worker solutions! After years of working in the industry, we knew that lone workers commonly reported that they didn’t use devices or felt they were a ‘hassle’ due to their bulky nature, or that they didn’t feel easy enough to use.
Implementing lone worker alarms is a big project for any business. The work that goes in before a solution is rolled out will include; risk assessments, lone worker policy drafting, research, smoothing over the technical side of things and getting approval from your bosses.
Do you know how lone worker solutions work? If not, you wouldn’t be alone. There are a few misunderstandings about some of the features of devices. This blog will clearly explain what amber and red alerts are, and how help is sent out when lone workers need it the most.