Lone Workers Have Personal Safety Devices
Lone worker devices have been around for several years and have been adapted to suit all types of environments, from the most challenging (security work, construction sites, etc.) to the everyday (retail, doctor’s office). While these devices were once large, flashy devices with short battery life and limited features, they are now durable and feature-rich, making them an obvious choice for any business that finds its employees alone for periods of time prolonged time.
The most common forms of lone worker devices are phones or boxes shaped like a candy bar. These slip easily into your pocket and feature dedicated buttons to sound an alarm, activate the microphone, and alert a dedicated security force that will then assess the situation and react accordingly. Many of these devices also have man-down features. These are dedicated devices with built-in GPS, but now there are apps for your smartphone that will offer these services without the need for dedicated hardware. The downside to the latter is, of course, that if the phone is stolen, destroyed, or runs out of battery, and the worker is left with their own devices. As such, these smartphone-based systems are generally not recommended in place of dedicated hardware.
Protect Lone Workers
Fire safety is paramount on the job. Potential hazards and sources of fuel, oxygen, ignition, etc. must be identified. Adequate fire detection and warning My Safety Buddy system must be installed to prevent any malfunction. Fire extinguishers should be available in various places in the building. The building must have exits and escape routes. Electrical equipment and wiring must be in good condition and checked periodically. Employees must be trained to deal with a fire. Fire drills and fire risk assessments should be conducted at regular intervals.
Stress in the workplace is common. But if it starts to affect the health of the employee, then this is a problem. Employers must identify the factors that cause undue stress to employees. A stress risk assessment should be performed to identify potential hazards and risks. Appropriate measures must be taken to control excessive stress on employees. Employees must receive the proper training, support and care to help prevent and relieve stress.
Employers must comply with the Regulation on the control of substances dangerous to health. They must assess the risks to employee health associated with chemicals or substances used in the workplace. Adequate controls must be in place and employees must adhere to them. Employees must be trained and educated about health risks.
Employers should also have adequate policies regarding the health and safety of people with disabilities. Employees with cognitive, physical, sensory, ambulatory and other impairments are entitled to adequate conditions and amenities in the workplace. There must be adequate access, lighting, signage, seats for the disabled. The rest of the company must also be aware of this.
Newborns and expectant mothers have the right to adequate care in the workplace. Employers must identify potential hazards to mother and baby while working. Employers may offer alternative work, different or shorter work hours, or paid vacations to ensure the health and safety of the mother and child.