Working Alone with no one to monitor your work, tell you what you are doing wrong or constantly asking you questions, sounds like the Perfect Job. Working Alone really means that you are further away from help and first aid if anything happens. These Incidents can be Tragic for the Worker, their Family and the Company.
Although Provincial Regulations vary, there are a few common principals that apply. Every Employer must conduct a hazard assessment, they must take all reasonable measures to eliminate or minimize the hazard and provide an effective communications system for the specific Lone Worker situation.
Lone Worker Environments
Those who work alone can be grouped into five categories:
- Workers handling cash. Store Clerks, Retail and Food Outlets and Taxi Drivers.
- Workers who travel away from their Base Operations to meet Clients. Home Care Workers, Social Services and Enforcement Officers.
- Workers who do hazardous work but have no frequent interaction with the Public. Logging, Oil and Gas Industries.
- Workers who travel alone and have no regular interaction with Customers or the General Public. Truck Drivers, Business People traveling to various locations/
- Workers who are at risk of encountering violence because their work location is isolated from the Public. Security Guards and Janitorial Custodians.
The key to meeting and surpassing the Working Alone Regulations is to provide a source of Communication for someone to be either in contact with the person or being able to locate the person working alone.
Although there are many methods and types of Communications Equipment that can assist a Company with staying in contact with their Employees working alone, a few of the more common methods include:
- Two-way Radios
- Two-way Radios with built-in GPS
- Vehicle and Personal GPS Systems
- Cellular Phone Apps
- For the very remote locations Satellite Phones and GPS
We will always encounter environments and locations that will challenge the existing equipment and methods of staying in touch with Lone Workers. Methods and Solutions are constantly changing and the equipment is always evolving. Communications Providers are always working on the next Solution and for the Companies needing these Solutions the question, they must answer if what Solution best fits their wants and needs. A recommendation to these Companies is to explore the options and don’t settle on the first Solution.
Working Alone is only done when it is necessary. Working alone isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are many Rules and Requirements that the Province has set out to ensure the safety of Alberta’s Lone Workers. To check on the requirements needed for your Industry, go to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
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Contributed by Wade Miller
Tracking assets is a vital task for any business.
Keeping track of your most valuable assets including your employees, equipment, and fleet is a concern for many businesses today. To help track these, many companies are turning to GPS Tracking Solutions.
You may notice that there are as many available systems as there are flavours of ice cream. The following will help answer some of the questions and give you a starting point.
Common Myths and Misconceptions:
- It is too Expensive – A misconception; in most cases it is very affordable. And some Insurance Companies even offer a discount if you install a tracking system.
- It’s only for Big Companies – People and equipment are valuable to any size Company.
- Fleet Tracking is complicated and hard to install and use – These days, if you can operate a computer, you can use it. Also, some installations can even be done by the owner’s staff.
- We don’t have time to implement the system – The system can be implemented around your schedule. Furthermore, training for your key staff may be arranged for the same time.
- All Fleet Tracking Systems are the same – Not all Systems are created equal, the secret is to look at your needs and then choose a flexible system to grow with your needs.
- I can track my Employees through their Mobile Phones – while it can provide you with location, it can’t provide you with many of the other important features.
Fleet Tracking Improves Your Business
In a tough economy, it helps to have an edge. Companies are beefing up their services in order to compete. When your business depends on the reliability of the vehicles you operate, an effective way to improve customer service is to improve your ability to monitor your equipment. One of the primary ways companies monitor their property and improve transportation services is through GPS vehicle tracking.
Companies that rely on ground transportation use GPS tracking for business vehicles. Service companies use business GPS tracking for communication and planning. Companies that deliver goods, whether long distance or across town, use GPS tracking to find efficient routes and keep customers informed. What’s more, companies of all types use vehicle tracking to keep a closer eye on employee activities.
What can I get from Basic Tracking?:
- Live Tracking: know where your People and Fleet are at all times.
- Notifications and Important locations, know when certain problems occur where you might need to provide assistance.
- Travel History: see where and when things have happened to your Fleet.
- Analystics and Insights: Glean the information and see where your can save on fuel or change routes to be more efficient.
- Above all, it helps meet the Lone Worker Saftey Regulations.
- GPS tracking makes it easy to monitor your employees. A discreet device lets you spot unusual driving patterns, such as unplanned stops or routes that deviate from planned routes, so you can take action.
- GPS tracking for business vehicles facilitates communication with your customers to let them know of any delays in meeting your scheduled commitments.
- Your business benefits from using GPS tracking for planning service and deliveries. So, you can figure out the best route and view real-time updates about traffic and weather along your routes.
- Safety: Tracking vehicle activity improves driver behavior. GPS tracking in company vehicles makes for better drivers: Fewer occurrences of speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration and sharp turns leads to fewer speeding tickets, fewer accidents, lower maintenance costs, and lower insurance premiums.
- Security: Fleet management improves operational efficiency. Maintenance costs are minimized by on-time service. Flag incidents of speeding, excessive idling or aggressive driving. This lets you identify and correct inefficient driving, thereby reducing fuel costs and wear-and-tear on company vehicles.
- Efficiency: Real-time tracking makes fleets secure. Eliminate unauthorized usage, side-jobs and moonlighting — ensuring that your fleet is always working for you, and only you.
With the many Tracking Systems available, Nutec Electro Tel can confidently meet your needs. We offer a selection of systems that provided the flexibility to grow and expand with Your Business.
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GPS Tracking Solutions
Contributed by Wade Miller
GPS Vehicle tracking isn’t enough when you have personnel in the field on their own. While it’s comforting to know where your employees are, how do you know they are all right? First, let’s look at what situations define the lone worker.
What is meant by working alone?
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety a person is “alone” at work when they are on their own; when they cannot be seen or heard by another person. While it is not always hazardous to work alone, it can be when other circumstances are present. Whether a situation is a high or low risk will depend on the location, type of work, interaction with the public, or the consequences of an emergency, accident, injury, etc. This wide variety of circumstances makes it important to assess each situation individually.
It is important to consider all situations carefully. Working alone includes all employees who may go for a period of time where they do not have direct contact with a co-worker. For example, the receptionist in a large office building may be considered a “lone” worker. Alternatively, a construction worker who is doing work in a bathroom or other location that cannot be seen by co-workers may also be considered a lone worker. Other examples are gas station attendants, convenience store clerks, food outlet employees, taxi drivers, home care employees, social service workers, security guards or custodians.
Lone Worker Monitoring
An employee may be at risk when working without close supervision and with no visual or audible contact with another worker who can provide or call for assistance in the event of an emergency, injury or illness. Even when working with the public, a worker is still classified as a lone worker because the public may lack information or may not be able to assist. So, what can you do to enhance the safety of those who are working alone? If employees work alone, perhaps not even remotely, you may want to engage a safety partner that they could utilize for periodic or planned check-ins. Also having a shared calendar that records their whereabouts and allows for check-ins may be suitable for their situation.
While safety is the priority, there are also other risks to consider. Financial losses that may be incurred as a result of worker injury. These may include re-training costs, re-hiring, rehabilitation, and other benefit and health care costs associated with workplace injuries. Be sure that you have specific and appropriate policies and procedures in place and communicate them to your employees. If there ever was an accident, as an employer, your liability may be reduced if you can provide evidence of the same. Of course, this assumes that those policies and procedures meet the standard of care required.
When your employees are miles from anywhere and something happens to them how will someone know help is required? Our Terratrax GPS Lone Worker Solutions help you provide the best possible emergency response to remote workplace incidents—and can make the difference between short-term recovery, permanent disability and even fatalities.
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