Lone Working in HVAC and the Trades

Technician is checking outdoor air conditioner unit

What are HVAC and the Trades? There are many different occupations that fall into the HVAC and Trades category: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers, Carpenters and many, many more. The May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the United States has 655,840 registered Electricians. They also state the number of Heating, …

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Ofsted Guidelines for Lone Working in Schools

Ofsted Guidelines for Lone Working in Schools

Ofsted states that all schools must have an up to date Health and Safety policy¹. Health and safety laws require schools to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. All schools should regularly monitor and review their health and safety policies to ensure they are reducing risks. Investigating Lone Worker Incidents in Schools …

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How Ok Alone is used by Schools, Tutors and Teachers for Lone Working

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Making sure teachers and tutors are safe in the school environment, when working alone, is becoming increasingly important. Ofsted guidelines and health and safety policies mean that any school worker who is on their own must be protected. At Ok Alone we have a suitable lone worker solution for your school. Here is a summary …

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How Lone Working affects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in the U.K

How Lone Working affects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in the U.K

The estimated horse population, including both private and professional ownership, in the United Kingdom is just below one million horses (988,000)¹ . There are around 2,800 registered farriers¹ and around 77,000 Animal care service occupations which include Grooms and Stable Hands² . Looking at horse related accident statistics, we find that in 2014 there were …

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How Lone Working affects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in North America

How Lone Working effects Grooms, Stable Hands and Farriers in North America

The American Horse Council, has reported that the United States has a horse population of approximately 9.2 million and that the horse industry supports 1.4 million jobs in the United States¹. The horse industry directly employs 701,946 people (full-time, part-time and seasonal), which equates to 453,612 full-time equivalent jobs. These full-time equivalent jobs are in the …

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Improving the Safety of Employees who Drive for Work

Improving safety for employees who drive for work, from Ok Alone

Angelina Robinson and Rick Walters from Road Safety at Work BC. recently hosted a webinar, ‘Improving safety for employees who drive their own vehicles for work’.  Amongst the many interesting ideas they shared, one thought-provoking fact really stood out – ‘Any vehicle being used for work becomes the workplace,’ this then means that legal requirements …

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What does lone worker risk really mean?

lone worker risk

What does lone worker risk really mean? We often hear about lone worker risk. It’s talked about in a generic sort of way – you are on your own, so you’re at more risk. While this is true, it’s less common to see these risks broken down into meaningful categories that can be analysed. This …

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Are you looking out for the mental health of your lone workers?

Lone worker alarm

When it comes to assessing the risks associated with working alone, it’s easy to focus on the physical dangers that can easily set off a lone worker alarm. Heights, loud noises, chemicals, extreme temperatures, tripping hazards—these are all things you can see, hear, and feel. But under the surface, there’s a lot more going on …

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Work Alone Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Fixed-Site Lone Workers

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Work Alone Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Fixed-Site Lone Workers What comes to mind when you hear the term “lone worker?” An oilfield operator testing well production at an unmanned site? A biologist conducting fieldwork on a northern river? A truck driver making a delivery on an isolated stretch of road? These types of …

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Using Focus Groups to Gather Risk Information for a Lone Worker Policy

Safety policy focus group

Using Focus Groups to Gather Risk Information for Your Lone Worker Safety Policy Most often, the process of gathering risk information for your lone worker safety policy begins in a general sort of way. You might make a list of the obvious hazards, observe your employees in their working environments, or carry out a short …

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HR Strategies to Promote Lone Worker Safety | Ok Alone Worker

HR Strategies to Promote Lone Worker Safety

Human resource professionals play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of lone workers. Of course it’s not their exclusive domain (health and safety is everyone’s business), but they are equipped with exceptional communication skills that can help mitigate the risks associated with working alone. It’s not easy to start a conversation about …

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Work Alone Call Center: What to Look For in a Live Monitoring Service

Work Alone Call Center

Work Alone Call Center: The Benefits of Live Monitoring When it comes to monitoring lone workers, someone must be looking out for their safety at all times. Usually, that person is a manager, a supervisor, or another person in the office. But what if the company doesn’t have the necessary resources to monitor their teams? …

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