Lone Worker Alarms
With an increase in lone working throughout our community, a growing number of organisations are taking proactive steps to provide a duty of care to their employees and ensure lone worker safety. A common way of doing this is providing staff with access to some form of lone worker alarm system, enabling them to call for support or emergency assistance should they be concerned about their own personal safety.
However, as roles and types of lone worker become more diverse, organisations are responsible for ensuring that their lone workers are provided with a solution that fits each staff members specific requirements. It’s common that there is substantial consideration given to the lone worker device that is issued to employees, with a variety of safety devices and lone worker apps available. But similar consideration needs to be given to the type of lone worker alarm that is available and can be accessed by the range of lone workers that operate across differing areas of service.
With many lone workers undertaking very different roles, often within the one organisation, it’s clear that a “one size fits all” approach to lone worker safety cannot be deployed. To help organisations enhance lone worker protection, there are a range of commonly deployed lone worker alarms:
- Red Alert – an emergency alarm that enables the lone worker to call for immediate assistance. Through the click of a button the lone worker is put in contact with a highly trained operative at an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), that can deal with the situation and quickly escalate to emergency services if required.
- Yellow Alert – enables the lone worker to leave a voice memo that outlines information on their upcoming location or task. Should they then need to escalate and raise an alarm, this information can be accessed to provide the contextual information that enables improved support to be provided.
- Worker Down – commonly used for workers who are operating in hazardous working environments such as construction sites, or at a height, the worker down alarm uses motion sensors to detect movement and impact, automatically raising an alarm if there are concerns.
- Safe Check – a proactive approach to lone worker safety, a safe check acts as a timed check in to ensure that all is ok with the lone worker. Should there not be any response received within a set time period, this can then be escalated, and an alert can be raised with the ARC.
- Group Alert – a message that can be sent to a pre-defined group of staff, or specific individuals to ensure they are updated on any ongoing situations or information that they should be aware of. Commonly used to send a notification to lone workers currently operating within a defined radius of a particular location.
- GPS Locate – enables organisations to enhance visibility of the location of their lone workers, GPS locate takes a snapshot of a lone workers location every 10mins, or when an alarm is raised.
With a diverse range of lone worker alarms, organisations can provide lone worker solutions that enable people to work safely and effectively, while also enhancing peace of mind.
To discuss the needs of your mobile workforce and how your organisation can benefits from Protect, Totalmobile’s lone worker protection solution, please contact us.