Lone Workers are people who spend some or all of their working hours on their own – for example:
Employees who work on their own away from their business base – such as Healthcare professionals, Emergency services personnel, estates agents, public transport staff, trades people, etc
People working on their own outside normal hours – such as factory security staff or a night cleaner in an office block.
Mobile workers who may spend much of their working day on their own – such as sales or delivery people.
People who work from home - Self-employed people
It is an employer’s legal duty under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (MHSW) 1999 to undertake a risk assessment to identify hazards faced by a lone worker, and to take appropriate action to safeguard them. From April 2008, new legislation will mean that an organisations can be prosecuted where a safety failure is the cause of a work-related death.
If a person is self employed, it is their own responsibility to ensure their safety.
SMS and NMS monitor any type of lone worker alarm, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
We can also provide Lone Worker units that are suitable for most working environments and provide workers with two way communication and GPS tracking. Using Matrix technology, the units are small enough to fit into a pocket and still give an accurate GPS position, and are powerful enough to provide a GPS fix in one story buildings. And it doesn’t need an external antenna to operate in cars and lorries.
Voice calls can be made from any telephone line to the Lone Worker Unit to check on the status of the lone worker and if there is a problem, the worker can signal by a single push of the central emergency button. The worker’s exact location is captured by the internal GPS receiver and an SMS alert message (and/or an e-mail) is sent.