Designing a Safe and Functional Office

Eliminate On-The-Job Injury And Prolong Comfort And Productivity

Without a properly functional work space, the possibility for ergonomic hazards in the workplace increases.  They are the hardest to spot since you don’t always immediately notice the strain on your body or the harm that these hazards pose.  Short-term exposure may result in “sore muscles” the next day or in the days following the exposure, but long term exposure can result in serious long-term illness.  Ergonomic hazards can not only affect the worker: the employer can suffer slower productivity, lower morale in staff, and higher disability and insurance claims.

Safety and comfort should be considered equally to visual aesthetics when it comes to designing work spaces.  Learn how to design a safe and functional office space in this article.

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Motion Features are Here!

We're excited to introduce our newly designed Motion Features, now available across all platforms!

If your organization subscribes to use Motion Features, you’ll have access to three new functions that make use of a device’s internal accelerometer. These new features bring extra functionality and improved safety measures to the Mobile App. These improved features include Man Down, Fall Detection, and Shake for Emergency, and have been engineered and designed based on your feedback. Continue Reading…

5 Tips to Claim Your Workers’ Compensation

How to get the Money You Deserve When You Get Injured on the Job

What is Worker’s Compensation?

When you work for someone, you and your employer agree that you will receive wage replacement and medical benefits if an injury happens. In return, you give up your right to sue your employer for any negligence in the workplace. Workers’ Compensation is something that is mandatory for every employee and here are some tips for how to claim it.  Continue Reading…

I Think We’re Alone Now

How to identify when you’re working alone, and how to minimize your risks

Knowing when you’re alone at work may sound simple, but we don’t always recognize the dangers that we face in the workplace. Working alone doesn’t always mean working remotely, or even working in isolation.

In this article we’ll look at identifying people who work alone, and the steps that they can take reduce the dangers in their work.

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MYTH: “Fleet Management is All I Need to Protect My Lone Workers”

Why a Lone Worker system is different than fleet and asset management

Depending on the priorities of the company and the industry they are in, Fleet Management and Lone Worker Monitoring systems are two important services that organizations should consider.  However, many companies don’t realize the difference between a Fleet Management system and a Lone Worker Monitoring system. This article will help you learn about those differences to help you decide what is best for your organization. Continue Reading…

Communication Breakdown: GPS Tracking vs. Check-in Messages

Knowing When to Operate and When to Automate

monitorWhen it comes to finding a safety monitoring solution, there are many decisions to make. Along with deciding how employees will access a system, you may have to decide what kind of information they leave. One of the major considerations when deciding on a lone worker safety system is whether to opt for check-in based safety or automated reports using GPS.

In this post we’ll break down some of the differences between check-in and GPS-based systems, and determine which solution provides better value.

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Lone Workers up in Smoke

The province of BC is on fire, transforming the once idyllic landscape into a dry, dangerous region full of unseen risks. The combination of persistent smoke and a heatwave without an end in sight is one of the deadliest environmental combinations a Lone Worker can face.  

One response to this climatological disaster took the form of civil servants sent directly to the streets to monitor and help at-risk individuals. But those same civic workers, out of visual and auditory range of their coworkers, become the very definition of Lone Workers. Outside for prolonged periods, exposed to poor air and extreme heat, they need to be protected. If a lone civic worker collapses somewhere just out of sight, how long until someone notices? 

Outside of the city, the problem is worsened; poor visibility makes every environment more dangerous, smoke reduces your lung capacity and can seriously affect your rate of fatigue, and prolonged heat can very quickly render you unconscious. Lone Workers can very quickly be overcome by this combination of environmental hazards. 

According to Health Canada, among those most susceptible to high heat are those working or exercising in the heat and individuals alone in un-air-conditioned homes. There’s no doubt that Lone Workers spending any amount of time in a vehicle would be at the same risk. 

There is a dangerous byproduct when extreme heat reacts with pollution and smoke: intense concentrations of ground-level ozone, and dangerous amounts of PM2.5; the name given to ultra-small particulate matter in the atmosphere. Lone Workers, even those indoors, run a severe risk of respiratory complications and even unconsciousness. Both Ozone and PM2.5 penetrate buildings at ground level easily, meaning doors and windows don’t offer protection.  

In situations like this, it’s recommended that Lone Workers use a system like SafetyLine to take extra precautions. How? By using shorter Check-in intervals and Checking-in more often, reporting any and all physical discomfort, and reporting all potentially health-related issues in their Voice App messages throughout their shift. 

How to Amp Up for Seasonal Work Safety the Smart Way

What you can do to extend your investment in your seasonal workers

As the summer months approach, many employers begin to increase their workforce with seasonal workers.  Like any new employee, seasonal workers require training in all aspects of their job, including safety.  Training can be costly, but an investment in employee training can become an excellent opportunity for employers to review the systems that they currently have in place and make updates where necessary.

In this post, we’ll look at updating your safety systems to make sure your procedures are still as effective as when they were first introduced.

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5 Safety Tips for Retail Employees Working Alone

If Your Retail Staff Are Working Alone, Here Are Some Safety Tips That Could Save Their Life

Retail workers when they are working alone are classified under the work alone definition set by the Canadian government. This means that they face a unique and increased set of hazards than typical retail workers, including accidents without immediate aid, and be subject to threats or even violence. The Canadian government regulates working alone, and several provinces stipulate that employers must conduct check-ins at pre-specified intervals for these employees. Even still, there are certain precautions these workers can take that can ensure their safety.

Here are 5 safety tips for retail employees that can help mitigate the risks they undertake from working alone, which may even save their life:

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Is Safety Productive?

Can productivity and safety go together in workplace?

When it comes to investing in workplace safety, the perceived negative impact on productivity is a key concern. The truth is, a safe workplace is often a more productive and profitable one! In this article, we’ll look at how safety and productivity go together in the workplace, and how safety can actually help your bottom line.

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