Staying Safe During this Festive Season
December is a magical time, and there is much to appreciate during the holiday season. The scent of a crackling fire, strung lights twinkling at night, the reunion of family and friends, just to name a few.
It’s also a time to think of others and do what you can to make the world a little better, whether by taking special care of your best friend, sibling, or pet, or volunteering at a local nonprofit. Please do put others first, but if you’re a lone worker it’s important not to forget yourself.
Though negativity seems to be on hold in the midst of this festive season, risk to employees is not. In fact, increased seasonal risks make it a time to be more prepared and prudent as an employer or lone worker. Read in more detail about seasonal risk to employees here.
To that end, have a look through these important safety tips to help lower the risk of an incident whilst working alone this month. Responsible employers will put their employees first to ensure the holiday season goes smoothly for both the welfare of their lone workers and the welfare of the company.
1. The festive season can be unpredictable—SoloProtect isn’t.
- SoloProtect has your back, so keep using your device just as usual.
- 24/7/365 monitoring means just that. Whilst many people don’t have to work this time of the year a high proportion of people do, and those that are working can continue to rely on their SoloProtect lone worker device.
2. Don’t let environmental risk trip you up.
- Skipping out on safety procedures may be tempting if your nose is freezing off, but resist the urge.
- Stiff hands, being bundled with limited visibility, and icy or snowy conditions all mean you should go slow, walk carefully, and be extra aware of your surroundings.
3. Stay one step ahead of social risk.
- With highly increased alcohol consumption, your customers or patients may become far too confident or aggressive. Use your device to manage these potentially harmful situations.
- This time of year can also be very stressful, so be on your toes and be prepared to handle any social risk.
4. There’s more to your gut than yummy food.
- Trust! When entering a new home or location, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, there’s a good chance it isn’t.
- Take a moment, assess the situation, and be safe rather than sorry.
5. Be a lone worker who’s not alone.
As an employer, show your support by increasing company-wide communication, adding in safety protocol reminders, and sharing relevant information.
As a lone worker, utilize your resources, stay in touch, and keep key contacts at the ready.
The health and safety of your staff must take precedent over all else, for financial, moral, and legal reasons. Harm or even tragedy at any time of the year is dreadful, but even more striking during this supposed-to-be magical season.
More extreme weather conditions, shorter days and stressful environments all bring with them an increased chance of risk. However, with extra precautions taken, a festive season will be had by all!
Happy Holidays from SoloProtect!
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