Security Measures to Protect Lone Workers and Other Vulnerable Staff
By Orlando Barry
Aug 22, 2014
As an employer you have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the safety of your personnel. And of course you’ll naturally want to make sure anyone working on your premises is doing so in a safe and secure environment.
According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), more than 6 million people in the UK work either in isolation or without direct supervision, and many of these are in locations or situations that can put them at potential risk.
There are certain legal obligations you must comply with as an employer of lone workers and you can read more about them in the BSIA publication Lone Workers: An Employer’s Guide. There is also an upcoming conference at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on 25th November 2014 called Lone Worker Safety 2014 which might be worth a visit if you employ, manage or supervise lone workers.
A Very Particular Kind of Security Solution
If you employ lone workers, have staff working late at night or early morning or are in an industry where there is a risk of violence towards personnel, then you will be looking for a very particular kind of security solution.
This security solution will need to encompass various aspects and really should be tailored to your specific situation and needs, because these will differ from business to business. Expertly integrating a number of security systems is the best way to approach it and everything should follow a comprehensive risk assessment.
At Barry Bros Security we work closely with businesses, assisting with their lone or vulnerable worker risk assessment and tailoring a security system to deal with each hazard. Some of the security measures we may include are:
- Panic alarms – allow workers to summon urgent assistance from the emergency services, the security department or another member of staff
- Access control systems – allow authorised personnel only access to stipulated areas
- Door entry systems – give workers full control over who enters the premises
- Electronic locking systems – can be integrated with CCTV, intruder alarm and fire alarm systems providing an all-round safety net
- Physical security – from lock installations and security doors to door and gate automation, there is a host of solutions that can be integrated for optimum security
If you could benefit from some expert assistance in devising a bespoke security solution to protect lone workers or vulnerable employees then don’t hesitate to get in touch or call in to our London security showroom for personalised advice.