Guardian24 has just announced the availability of its lone worker protection software for Blackberry smartphones.
Compliant with the recent BS-8484 code of practice for lone work safety, Guardian24 enables users to log their daily tasks, send GPS locations, and raise alerts and summon emergency help via a panic button on the smartphone, even if the keyboard is locked. Guardian24 then creates a ‘listen live’ function which opens a communications channel with security services, giving up-to-date details about the user and their location.
According to the 2008/09 British Crime Survey, there were an estimated 627,000 incidents of violence at work, comprising 321,000 assaults and 305,000 threats. Apart from the obvious concern for staff welfare, organisations with lone workers or staff working abnormal hours suffer from low productivity, absenteeism, high staff turnover and compensation claims.
Geoff Hayter, Executive Director, Guardian24 said: “Lone and mobile working can be an essential part of an organisation’s drive for greater efficiency and cost control. Providing these employees with lone worker support services is essential if employers are to meet their responsibilities under health and safety legislation.”