Enhancing Lone Worker Safety: The Impact of Mobile Technology on WHS Results

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Elevating Lone Worker Safety Through Mobile Technology in Workplace Health and Safety

Despite the fact that almost 90% of Australians possess a smartphone, these devices remain underutilised in the realm of workplace health and safety management.

Craig Bleakley, a Safety and Risk Consultant at ecoPortal, sheds light on this issue. Craig has noted that while the integration of mobile applications is deemed essential for OHS professionals, merely a quarter of companies have implemented them as part of their health and safety strategies. For workforces engaged in remote, hybrid, or dispersed settings, a mobile OHS solution presents clear benefits in terms of accessibility and engagement. The widespread mobile usage in our society implies that nearly every organisation can reap rewards from utilising mobile technology to manage workplace health and safety.

Enhancing Efficiency, Productivity, and Performance

The WorkSafe Guardian app brings about a seamless transition from traditional paper-based or manual tasks to streamlined digital processes, resulting in heightened operational efficiency and improved accessibility to essential resources, especially for those working alone.

With the WorkSafe Guardian App at their fingertips, lone workers are empowered to cultivate a profound sense of security regardless of their work environment, all courtesy of the app’s multifaceted features. 

In case of any safety threats or medical emergencies encountered while working alone, employees can quickly activate a safety or medical alert. This action triggers our professional response centre to swiftly respond to and ensure safety and well-being of lone workers.

This is a recurring timer that prompts employees to check-in using a timer that they can set and control throughout a lone worker session. 

Allows users to simply shake their phone, while a welfare timer is running, to trigger an alert without the need to unlock their device.

Siri is integrated with WorkSafe Guardian to trigger alerts and interact with timers.

A discreet wearable button paired directly to the WorkSafe Guardian app. Simply press and hold to activate an emergency safety alert.

Employers can set up defined locations with custom notifications that alert lone workers when they enter or exit, with corresponding messaging or reminders.

Differences in Mobile Solutions

Delving into the realm of mobile solutions for workplace health and safety requires a meticulous approach. The compatibility between user interface and functionalities within the selected mobile apps and systems should seamlessly align with the distinct operational needs and workflow intricacies of users. For instance, envision a scenario where app users encounter situations preventing direct access to their phones for immediate assistance. In response, WorkSafe Guardian has enhanced the app’s capabilities by introducing a range of alternative alert methods that can be activated without the need for physical interaction with the phone.

This sophisticated enhancement translates to a profound assurance for lone workers, empowering them with a steadfast means to access help even in challenging circumstances. This advanced functionality ensures peace of mind for both employees and employers but also amplifies the overall efficacy of the lone worker safety system.

Seamlessly Facilitate System Adoption for Organisations

While numerous organisations are open to incorporating mobile technology into their health and safety initiatives, implementation is frequently obstructed by internal tools and procedures.

As per Bleakley, device management presents a common obstacle as organisations grapple with various considerations — including weighing the pros and cons of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach versus a corporate-owned, personally-enabled (COPE) policy.

“In high-risk hazardous environments, the cost of intrinsically safe devices can hinder adoption. Organisations must account for this during their evaluation process,” he advised.

Another prevalent challenge arises when software is primarily designed for desktop use, often translating poorly to mobile devices.

“Poor user experience creates difficulties for users, ultimately affecting their willingness to engage,” Bleakley highlighted.

“To surmount this challenge, organisations should seek an OHS solution provider offering a native mobile app designed to optimise the user experience on mobile platforms.”

For organisations embarking on the journey of implementing WorkSafe Guardian as their chosen lone worker safety application, a seamless adoption process is guaranteed. This versatile application is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, ensuring widespread accessibility. Effortless integration is further underscored by the app’s straightforward setup process for app users, ensuring that employees are not left feeling confused or dismiss the process altogether due to a complicated setup.

Our dedicated WorkSafe Guardian team is committed to guiding you through the onboarding process, ensuring that all users are equipped to access assistance whenever needed. Our comprehensive training resources are readily available to app users, guaranteeing a smooth transition into understanding and utilising the app’s capabilities.

Built with the Backing of 20 Years Experience

Another crucial factor to consider is the future development of your chosen solution. In many cases, devices have limited room for growth post-production, while apps offer multiple avenues for improvement. Firstly, operating system upgrades enhance the solution. Secondly, app developers can roll out updates. Thirdly, monitoring software can be upgraded for better service and response.

With two decades of experience in the security sector, the WorkSafe Guardian app boasts a multitude of features that enhance outcomes for our users. Reach out to experience the distinctive advantages that set us apart from other lone worker safety solutions for your team.

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