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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Top 10 Features of our Lone Worker App

Start shift times for Ok Alone lone worker monitoring

1. App Notifications & Alarms When a check in is due the worker will get an in app notification asking them to check in with an alarm. This feature is easy to setup and allows a worker to check-in before the monitors are alerted. 2. High Risk Check -ins Being able to change the time …

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Why You Need a Lone Worker App for Check Ins

Why you need a Lone Worker App for Check Ins

A vital aspect of any lone worker monitoring procedure is the actual ‘check in’. Why you need a lone worker check in system By legislation in the UK and in many Canadian provinces, lone workers must be monitored for safety reasons. Here is some information about how you, as an employer, can devise and establish …

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Top 5 Features of a Lone Worker App

Five Ways to Evaluate your Lone Worker App

What are the best features to have in your lone worker app? With so many people working from home these days or doing jobs where they are away from their colleagues, lots of lone worker solutions have sprung up. How do you know which one is best for you and your needs? We have put …

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Five Ways to Evaluate your Lone Worker App

Five Ways to Evaluate your Lone Worker App

Lone worker apps come in many varieties. This short article provides five criteria to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular ones. The goal is to give you the tools to decide which lone worker app will work best for your organization. Safety Policy Your safety policy should be at the heart of …

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6 Tips for your Lone Worker Check In Procedure

In the Uk, Australia, New Zealand and Canadian provinces your employees must be monitored if they are working alone. Here are a few tips to help you, as an employer, to devise and establish a lone worker check in procedure. 1. Appoint a Monitor You can appoint an employee as a monitor – they can …

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3 Unexpected Workplace Hazards

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Ever wondered how a workplace hazard differs from a workplace risk?  A workplace hazard is a thing or situation that has the potential to do harm.  Lots of unsuspecting things can be classified as workplace hazards, such as placing a heavy object on a top shelf.  After all, what goes up, must come down.  The …

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Duty of Care and Lone Working

Duty of Care

You will often hear the term “Duty of Care” use when people are discussing lone working. Have you ever wondered exactly what Duty of Care is?  For those of you not up on your legal history, Duty of Care dates back to the 1800s with connections to both Tort and Common law. Originally, a Duty …

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WorkSafeBC update to Work Alone Regulations

WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC update to Work Alone regulations We all know that in the province of British Columbia, employers who are under the jurisdiction of the Worker’s Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) must implement a working alone program if they have workers who are assigned to work alone or in isolation. This requirement has been in place for many …

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Simple safety advice for women driving alone

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

The nightly news recently reported there are more people employed as drivers in Canada than any other job. Many of those drivers are women, and they are driving alone.  Work alone is often thought about as a separate issue, but it is often coupled by assault and violence.  As a result, we’ve compiled a list …

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A collaborative approach to safety strategy in Canadian logistics

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I recently worked with a logistics company which delivers goods across Canada. They were interested in improving their Occupational Health and Safety Management System and their overall safety strategy. This company had the basics covered but were eager to develop a system that met all jurisdictional requirements. Over several months, I met with the company …

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How to Create a Formal Hazard Assessment

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How to Create a Formal Hazard Assessment A formal hazard assessment is the basis for the organization’s entire occupational health and safety management system. It outlines the hazards, measures risk (to help prioritize hazards), and points to the necessary control measures. Levels of Hazard Assessment Formal hazard assessment Field-level hazard assessment Formal Hazard Assessment are …

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Chemicals in the Workplace – Soup Theory for Laboratory Lone Working

Chemicals used in the workplace and the soup we enjoy at home share in a common problem. It comes down to what I call the soup theory for laboratory lone working. Nearly everyone loves soup, as a child of the 70’s, canned soup was the ideal comfort food on a cold winter day. Occasionally when …

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Farming as a lone worker is the most dangerous industry in the UK

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The HSE has released their latest figures about UK health and safety – and the results may be surprising for some.  The annual HSE report always makes for sobering reading. The good news is that health and safety standards continue to improve – but as always there is still room for improvement. What may be …

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Sub-Contractors and your Health and Safety Program

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The first myth we need to disburse is that you are somehow not responsible for your sub-contractors health and safety while they are working on your job site or working in your name. This is not even a gray area anymore. For example Workers Compensation Board (WCB) in British Columbia looks at whether the sub-contractor …

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