MyTeamSafe® is the Silver winner for the Best Mobile App at the Sussex Digital Awards

MyTeamSafe® is proud to announce they are the Silver winners for the Best Mobile App at the Sussex Digital Awards.
The online achievements of some of the most progressive organisations were honoured at the annual Digital Awards in April 2017.

The award warning solution that’s supporting companies, across all sectors, to ensure their duty of care and reassure staff that work on their own. From home workers to working late, or out of the office, even occasionally, everyone’s safer with MyTeamSafe®

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Lone-workers are at high risk of committing suicide

According to a new research men working in the lowest-skilled occupations and women in culture and health jobs are at the highest risk of suicide.

Figures show construction workers killed themselves at a rate three times higher than the male average.

The suicide risk for care workers is almost twice the national average. Suicide in the profession has been rising for the last 15 years. Whilst there’s no evidence of a link between someone’s job and their mental health, the union that represents care workers says the figures are worrying.

It’s time to invest in the wellbeing of care workers.
“I feel permanently stressed. It’s just rush…rush…rush…I’m on permanent anti-depressants and I’m not ready to come off them”, – says Jane, a care worker for more than 30 years.

Some reasons for that:

  • low wages;
  • insecure contracts;
  • a lack of time to do the job properly.

In addition, the Office for National Statistics referred to previous studies, which found job security and low pay increased the risk of suicide.
The report was based on 13,232 deaths from suicide registered in England between 2011 and 2015 among people aged 20 to 64, where the deceased’s occupation was known.
About four in five (10,688) were men.
It’s time to act and prove your duty of care to all your lone-workers and staff that work independently.
MyTeamSafe is always ready to help. Just contact us.

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Health and safety at work: responsibilities of employers and workers

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers.

To take responsibility and ‘ownership’ of health and safety, employers must ensure that:

  • health and safety arrangements are adequately resourced;
  • they obtain competent health and safety advice;
  • risk assessments are carried out;
  • employees or their representatives are involved in decisions that affect their health and safety.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations) generally make it more explicit what employers are required to do to manage health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Like the Act, they apply to every work activity.
The main requirement on employers is to carry out a risk assessment. Moreover, employers with five or more employees need to record the significant findings of the risk assessment.
Risk assessments should be straightforward in a simple workplace such as a typical office. It should only be complicated if it deals with serious hazards such as those on a nuclear power station, a chemical plant, laboratory or an oil rig.
Besides carrying out a risk assessment, employers also need to:

  • make arrangements for implementing the health and safety measures identified as necessary by the risk assessment;
  • appoint competent people (often themselves or company colleagues) to help them to implement the arrangements;
  • set up emergency procedures;
  • provide clear information and training to employees;
  • work together with other employers sharing the same workplace.

However, workers have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions at work. Workers must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.

As a worker, if you have specific queries or concerns relating to health and safety in your workplace, talk to your employer, manager/supervisor or a health and safety representative.
If you still don’t know what a risk assessment form is then MyTeamSafe is happy to help you. You can find a clear and simple risk assessment form here:
https://www.myteamsafe.com/pdfs/MyTeamSafe_Lone_Working_Risk_Assesment_Form_2015.pdf

 

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