The NHS defines lone working as: “any situation or location in which someone works without a colleague nearby; or when someone is working out of sight or earshot of another colleague.”
Working alone can be dangerous, especially when workers are required to go into other people’s homes and travel alone in unsafe areas. Lone worker safety involves safeguarding those who are at risk whilst also providing reassurance to and communicating with those who are responsible for the lone worker.
Lone worker safety can easily be improved by using a technological system which raises an alert if remote workers do not arrive or leave a certain location at the planned time. Systems can be as simple as using an app on a mobile phone which lone workers use to check in and out of certain locations. Such systems not only trace where the lone worker is, but also provide a discreet SOS call facility which the lone worker can use should they find themselves in danger.
It is important that lone workers feel comfortable using any system that is implemented; it should be easy to access in an emergency situation and simple to use. As with any technological system, it is important to ensure that a lone worker safety system is set up and used correctly in order to benefit from it.
Technological developments now enable systems like this to be far more accurate, removing any grey areas and providing complete transparency to any business. By using technology to improve lone worker safety, not only will you provide peace of mind for yourself, your workers and their families but also comply with and enhance your own internal lone worker safety policy.
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