Your Job Role - Safety Officer
Being a Safety officer you need to provide safety management advice, monitoring and engage staff in programs that ensure safe practices in the workplace.
Ok Alone can help with your workload and simplifying some of your tasks by providing an automated safety solution that is easy to run and even easier to use.
The safety of your workforce should be any Safety Officer or employers main priority. Providing staff with a lone worker app that runs on smartphones is one of the easiest ways to enhance their safety. Ok Alone’s app has many features, such as; check ins, help button, high risk setting, worker down, multiple location options in real time, escalation procedures and free updates and reports. It also has more specialist features like: start/end shift reminder notifications, worker grouping, safety awards, WhatsApp messaging, Alert Loops, handsfree voice commands, bypass silent settings and extended privacy.
Creating a safety culture within your company is crucial to reducing and mitigating risks. Introducing a new safety measure such as Ok Alone will help create that culture. Having frequent monthly meet ups to announce the results of the Safety Awards will also increase your safety meeting attendance.
Lone working policies are logical documents that should be well structured, easy to read, and accessible to those who need it most: your lone employees. No matter what industry the policies cover, there are certain key points everyone needs to include –Applicable Laws, Employee Responsibilities and Risk Assessment.
A well thought out lone worker policy is a vital part of any workplace’s safety strategy. Ok Alone has blank policy templates that can be adapted to suit any workplace. And when combined with the latest in lone worker technology, you and your lone workers will feel confident knowing health and safety is everyone’s top priority.
There is different legislation for lone workers in different cities, states, provinces and countries. Some regions are quite progressive in this matter and have specific work-alone legislation in place, while others may follow a more general “duty of care” clause and expect employees to use their common sense. Most legislation requires you to have a way of regularly communicating with staff throughout their shift either by phone or radio. It is recommended, if possible, that supervisors periodically visit or observe lone workers and that the employer or supervisor checks in with lone workers either by sight or verbally at the end of their shift or once specific tasks have been completed.
As a Safety Officer you know it is crucial that companies make sure they comply with the lone worker legislation for their area or industry. It is a legal requirement that you do. Legislation has been introduced to increase the safety of those who work alone throughout their shift. One way to comply is by having Ok Alone’s lone worker solution that has multiple communication options and real time GPS locations for staff.
Choosing not to comply with local legislation could result in staff being injured or killed and supervisors/management being fined, imprisoned or both.
It is much easier to get staff on board with a new idea if they enjoy doing it. The use of gamification has proven results in increasing the participation and engagement of staff with new systems in the workplace.
Ok Alone encourages people to use the solution by using an element of competition. Staff usage of the system’s features is ranked against others within their own company and other companies also using Ok Alone. People can earn badges and titles which offer a positive reinforcement of using the system.
Ok Alone takes data privacy very seriously, making sure internal access to customer’s personal data is on a need to know basis. All users with access to personal data have individual logins and standard industry security practices are maintained.
Ok Alone customers also have a great deal of control over which people internally see personal data. There are three levels of user access rights for the Monitors, each of which grants different access to personal data. Workers do not have access personal data. All interaction between Workers and the system occurs through an encrypted connection with the app. Combined, this ensures people’s data stays private.
Ok Alone is fantastic value for money. The Ok Alone system offers a full lone worker solution with our Worker Plan for $5/£4 per worker per month, however some companies choose to add extra features to contact workers and manage alerts. These are available in our Communications Plan, also known as the Comms Plan. The price of both the Worker and Comms plan reduce with higher volumes of workers.
Accounts can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually and run month to month. There are no long term contracts, so you can have Ok Alone when you need it. Payments can be made online using credit cards or other options such as BACS and bank transfers are available.