With many working in isolation throughout 2020, 2021 is set to be another year where lone workers find themselves at risk of a number of different health and safety-related issues.
Lone worker alarms are a good way to not only safeguard those who are operating remotely or in isolation; they also give you as the employer better visibility across your organisation and they can be incorporated into a wider occupational health system for employees and contractors alike.
Here we showcase 3 of the ways that lone worker alarms can protect your employees in 2021.
1. Lone worker alarms help those in danger signal for help
When you are working in isolation it can sometimes be difficult to get the attention of someone if you are in danger, whether it be from an adverse event or a health condition. Lone workers alarms help your employees signal for help by sending out a signal to an alert centre who can send help.
2. Lone worker alarms can issue man-down alerts
Lone worker alarms are a form of wearable technology that can really help if you have lone workers who run the risk of becoming incapacitated on their job. Whether this is because of the nature of the work or any underlying health conditions, lone worker alarms help you submit man-down alerts that can illicit an emergency response when necessary.
3. You can issue several warnings with a lone worker alarm
The other benefit of adopting a lone worker alarm is the discretion your employees have in terms of the levels of alerts they can send. If an incident is minor but requires some immediate attention, workers can submit an amber warning. Alternatively, if the incident is major they can issue a red warning. This allows for a more intelligent allocation of resources.
Find out more about safeguarding lone workers
Having an alarm system to notify a response team when an incident has occurred with a lone worker is only a small part of a wider strategy for protecting those working in isolation. There are not only safety benefits when work is conducted without being observed but also mental health-related risks too.
Our article on protecting lone workers and meeting your duty of care as an employer shows you how a lone worker can be incorporated into a wider health and safety strategy.