Many organizations implement safety monitoring systems for employees working alone. Unfortunately, the vast majority of systems may not be compliant with legislation, and can be a wasteful drain on resources.
As our January Tech Check continues, we’re looking at the differences between traditional and automated work alone monitoring solutions.
Traditional work alone monitoring
Traditional systems for work alone monitoring have failed to leverage advances in technology. These include physical or phone check-ins from worker to supervisor, or phone check-ins to a call center. These systems are time and labour intensive, and compliance for work alone legislation can be neglected. Systems that require calls at specific times and manual recording of check-ins are difficult to manage. The inefficiency of traditional systems often results in the accidental discovery of incidents rather than proactive management.
Automated monitoring systems
Automated, cloud-based monitoring is emerging as a new best practice in work alone safety. These systems can be integrated with a variety of devices in order to provide instant protection of workers in the field. These systems leverage the latest advances in technology to:
- Automatically prompt workers to check-in and record voice messages
- Avoid the use of costly call centers and cumbersome manual processes
- Keep a record of all check-ins, even across a large fleet of employees
- Proactively send alerts to supervisors when check-ins are missed
- Send alerts to a list of emergency contacts when a worker needs help
- Provide supervisors with real-time GPS locations and work history during emergencies
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The benefits of automated systems
The benefits of an automated system are many. They save time and money, improve insurance costs, and improve emergency outcomes. Automated systems can also be scaled, so that when your business grows, new employees can be easily added. Not being tethered to hardware also provides flexibility, so that you don’t have to invest in new devices every few years. Cloud-based solutions like SafetyLine Lone Worker provide the most scalability, flexibility, and support in automated work alone systems.
Automated, cloud-based solutions like SafetyLine are easy to implement, making them an ideal successor to traditional methods. They also provide the greatest compatibility with existing hardware, and allow access to critical information from any location. They are designed for rapid adoption by both supervisors and employees, and can quickly reduce the burden of monitoring.
To find out more about automating your safety processes, check out our January Tech Check webinar series. Register now for one of these webinars by following the link below.