Institute of Occupational Safety and Health place lone worker safety reliance with Argyll

Press Release : January 27, 2010
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IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals, it represents more than 36,000 members and is the worlds largest professional health and safety organisation. The institute set standards, provide support, and develop and connect health & safety professionals with resources, guidance, events and training. IOSH is the voice of the health & safety profession and regularly campaign on issues that affect millions of working people.

In 2006/07, there were over 288,000 assaults by members of the public on workers in the UK. That included four workers who were killed, and 932 who suffered serious injuries as a result of the violence they suffered. In recognising their duty of care for the safety of their lone workers IOSH have placed their reliance with Argyll. Staff members were already provided with mobile phones but now they are fully supported by Communicare, Argylls award winning lone worker technology and service. This service provides IOSH staff with the means to use their mobiles to dynamically indicate layers of risk such as the start and end of working day, or indicate when carrying out temporary occupational based risks. Fundamentally the service enables staff to summons immediate assistance from live operators when difficulties are encountered.

Unlike other service offerings, the Argyll lone worker service uniquely assists employers to fulfil their moral and legal obligations and complies fully with all recommendations contained within the new BS8484 lone worker industry standard in that it also caters for the potential of a device failure. This means that instead of needing the device to create an alarm, Argylls solution ensures the safety of staff through active monitoring providing failsafe monitored egress from any temporary hazard activities and it will also confirm to management when staff are safely returned home at the end of their work day thereby ensuring the employers duty of care. All monitoring is carried out by a dedicated team of highly skilled control room operators 24 hours every day within the BS5979 CATII standard Alarm Receiving Centre required to receive police response. A dedicated account management team, Internet administration service containing comprehensive activity reports enable IOSH to remain in full control and manage their lone worker policy and solution.

For further information on how Argyll can help you comply with BS8484 and manage your duty of care, visit the website: www.argyll.uk.com, call: 0870 750 1471 or email loneworker@argyll.uk.com.

About Argyll
Argyll is part of the SafeShores Group that owns and operates companies involved in the research and development of device and software technology for the purpose of improving public safety. Argyll was formed in 1998 and has grown to become the UKs leading provider of services that support employers fulfil their duty of care to Lone Worker employees. The company supports over 25,000 individuals and offers a range of products and services specifically designed to monitor and manage an individuals health, safety and wellbeing empowering them with the ability to manage day to day risks. Argyll not only provides Lone Workers with the means of summoning assistance and a guaranteed emergency response, but also provides the employer with full compliance of health & safety legislation and new lone worker industry standards.

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