All employers have a duty of care to their staff. Supporting those who often work alone will not only protect them, but it may also protect an employer’s reputation and business, advises a new white paper on lone workers from Orbis. The British Security Industry Association estimates that more than six million people in the UK work either in isolation or without direct supervision, often in places or circumstances that put them at potential risk. And the risks are very real with more than 160 attacks on lone workers every day. In addition to violence or aggression, lone workers are also at risk from slips, trips, falls and occupational hazards such as electrocution and can also suffer from personal wellbeing risks such as regularly being in stressful environments. The white paper from Orbis explores what constitutes a lone worker, the threats they face and the legal requirements placed on an organisation that employs them. It also discusses different solutions for supporting and managing lone workers and offers best practice advice. ” The threats to lone workers can be stark,” said Guy Other, CEO of Orbis.” As well as offering advice for supporting and managing lone workers in our new white paper, Orbis offers effective solutions to support and protect them.” The white paper from Orbis advises that is is the employer’s duty to assess risks to lone workers and to take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. Top tips for managing lone workers include: 1. Assess the risk Identify and categorise the job roles performed as low, medium or high risk. Identify any staff who may have an increased risk due to any underlying medical conditions. 2. Assess the solutions Consider whether you can use your current technology or you need to invest in new devices. 3. Implement the product Introduce your technology solution as part of a change in safety culture. The services and solution have to be embedded in your organisation’s culture and result in a real change in staff behaviour. 4. Assessment and audit Constantly analyse your solution’s effectiveness. Assess each lone worker’s risk annually and monitor productivity and efficiency gains. Consider setting up a user group of internal champions in the business to be your eyes and ears for lone workers and get feedback from them on the success and uptake of the technology and other challenges and problems. Click here to download the White Paper
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.