How to Reduce Worker & Employer Risks in Healthcare
Do you work for an organization that employs lone workers in the healthcare industry? Are employees required to travel off-site to care for patients? Are they potentially at risk of injury, accidents, or abuse?
These lone workers face an array of dangers, ranging from physical to verbal abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse are now becoming leading threats to a lone worker’s wellbeing, and it is legally up to employers to ensure their safety and create plans to neutralize potential risks.
By protecting your workers, you protect your company. Many companies fail to safeguard their lone workers and can then face a barrage of legal issues, which could severely damage the organization's reputation. By providing your workers with a proper safety program, you are ensuring a safer environment for them and protecting your company from liability.
Examples of Lone Workers in the Healthcare Industry:
• Ambulance personnel
• Patient transport services
• Community mental health workers
• Outreach workers
• Social workers
• Caregivers in the community
• Security staff
A perfect example of a hazardous lone worker situation involves nurses who make house calls to patients. Some patients may suffer from mental illnesses and could get potentially violent or hostile, creating for a dangerous situation. These nurses are then faced with the difficult task of de-escalating the scenario. But, what if reinforcements are needed? How does a nurse request help in this particular situation? In many cases, there may not be enough time to get to a phone and dial 911.
SoloProtect’s Innovative Safety Solutions:
We were one of the first companies to recognize and identify the security concerns of lone workers. A lawsuit filed by an employee citing lack of security can cost an organization millions of dollars, which is why we decided to create the SoloProtect ID. It looks just like an ordinary identification badge but is equipped with a number of innovative safety measures:
• GNSS monitoring, which is more precise and advanced that GPS technology
• 24/7 emergency monitoring via the dispatch center
• 2-way voice communication between lone workers and the dispatch center
• 1-way voice recording of lone workers in hazardous situations (for legal purposes, if needed)
• Man Down Alert, which sends a signal automatically to the dispatch center if a lone worker is detected at a horizontal angle
Take Action Today:
Organizations in the healthcare sector will benefit in having an advanced approach to safety and investing in new ways to safeguard their employees. If you value the safety of your lone workers, think about implementing our innovative safety solutions. With SoloProtect, no one is left to face risk on their own.
SoloProtect is the ultimate safeguard in risk reduction, providing businesses with lone worker safety solutions, dynamic risk assessment, and effective training for workers and managers.