How technology can improve lone worker safety

Lone worker safety is so important. You want your lone worker employees to feel safe on the job. You must also comply with your area’s specific lone worker laws and regulations. With technology improvements, you can offer your lone workers regulation-compliant support in many ways.

Here we share more information on technology that can significantly improve your lone worker safety plan.

Location Tracking

In an emergency, and at any time, you must be able to locate your lone worker. In most cases, lone worker safety technology will be able to track the location of your lone worker using cellular networks and wifi. However, your lone worker may sometimes work in more remote areas where tracking this way can become difficult.

Satellite and GPS tracking devices tack care of this problem. You can use a satellite GPS tracking device on top of smartphone tracking to always locate your lone worker, no matter where they are. If you’re unsure where to start with work alone location tracking, reach out. We can provide guidance on which tech would work best for your business and workers. 

Automated Check-ins

Safety check-ins are critical to lone worker safety. First, work alone monitoring and check-ins are required by law in most places in Canada. Secondly, check-ins give lone workers confidence knowing there’s a system in place that is keeping tabs. On top of this, implementing safety check-ins is also an important step in workplace emergency protocol. When a lone worker misses a safety check-in, this will signal that there may be an emergency and your lone worker may need help.

You can set up an automated electronic check-in service with a call centre like CommAlert so that you’re not paying other employees to perform these safety check-ins by phone. Your lone worker will receive a check-in reminder, and they can quickly respond to it so the monitor, like a safety call centre, knows they’re okay.

Panic Button

Another technological upgrade you can add to your lone worker care and protocols is a panic button system. As an employer, you can install a panic button within your working area to set off alarms and emit loud noises. Many higher-risk workplaces will have a panic button like this on the wall.

Furthermore, lone workers can access a more discreet panic button on their smartphones or other devices. This way, lone workers will feel they have more than adequate backup should an emergency occur, regardless of their location. 

Live Check-ins

An automated check-in system is great because it helps employers save money while implementing a reliable way to check-in electronically. Adding a live (human) check-in at the beginning of each lone worker shift brings even greater advantages.

At CommAlert, we offer live-check ins for lone workers at the beginning of each shift. We do this because we’ve seen the difference this makes for employees. When they begin their shift with real human connection, this helps them feel safe and secure. Knowing that a person with a name is looking out for them during their shift gives employees greater confidence as they do their job.

Call CommAlert today to set up a lone worker safety system!