South Yorkshire lone worker experts Peoplesafe have welcomed the release of a new code of practice for the provision of lone worker safety solutions.
The updated British Standard BS8484, which was first introduced in 2009, lays out requirements for services, devices and Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) compliance.
Ian Johannessen, managing director of Peoplesafe, was part of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee which reviewed and updated the standard.
The standard has greatly improved and covers the elements that contribute to lone worker safety in a more comprehensive manner. It lays down a clear challenge to lone worker safety providers to proactively manage the integrity of the end to end service, and now auditors will seek clearer evidence that all elements are correct.
The standard has been updated to benefit lone workers, their employers, lone worker solution providers, and escalations and emergency services. To receive accreditation, all service providers are required to adhere to its requirements.
Employing staff who work alone on the frontline is a challenge, and this standard will undoubtedly encourage more organisations to look carefully at safety systems and culture, and specifically their provision for lone worker safety.
Hannah Weinhold, business services manager at Peoplesafe, added:
The new standard looks more widely at how the employers of lone workers can achieve a consistently effective position on lone worker staff safety – something that we have always endorsed at Peoplesafe.
Peoplesafe are based in Dinnington and provide simple and lightweight equipment, monitoring services and safety training, aimed at keeping employees as safe as possible.
They will be releasing a guidance document on the new standard in early September.