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For many of the UK’s work industries, the winter brings with it a heightened risk to employee safety. Risks include, but are not limited to:

• Increased levels of stress due to the cold.
• Increased road hazards during commuting.
• Increased risk of slipping due to icy conditions.
• Decreased visibility due to harsh rain, sleet, or snow.
• Decreased accessibility to vital resources. [1]

Because of this, it’s important that employers take the necessary health and safety precautions in order to protect employees from these risks. There are a plethora of ways to do so, many of which now include the latest safety technologies developed with the purpose of keeping the workplace safe. There are many benefits of investing in employee protection apps, including the following:

Raise safety alerts

One of the major benefits of investing in a personal safety app for employees is that they offer the ability to raise safety alerts whenever an employee feels in danger. Such alerts often include the location of the user, which is ideal for quickly and reliably finding them and informing the relevant public services if necessary.

Record any evidence

Another benefit of integrating a health and safety app within the workplace is that it enables employees to record any evidence in the event of an accident or attack. Such evidence includes recording audio and visual footage, which can then be accessed by the authorities.

Monitor journey progression

One of the most common dangers of working in the winter is the shorter days; with mornings staying dark for longer and the afternoons darkening quicker, commutes to and from work can be a risk. Many pieces of safety technology allow for journeys to be tracked, meaning you can know the location of employees during work hours.

Real-time wellbeing monitoring

Another very real side-effect of the winter months is seasonal affective disorder, also commonly referred to as the winter depression. [2] Due to this, monitoring the mental wellbeing of your employees helps to ensure that you can provide the help needed on an as-and-when basis.

Receive location-based alerts

With weather conditions during the winter becoming unpredictable, it is difficult to keep track of what areas are high risk. With safety technology, you can alert users when they are in an area of high risk, allowing them to conduct risk mitigation measures that keep them safe.

Choose Zecure for employee protection

If you’re a UK business looking to invest in quality employee protection measures this winter, look no further than Zecure. Zecure is a personal safety app that is tailored bespoke to your business needs, with a selection of pre-built features available for use. Protect your employees from a variety of threats, including accidents, workplace violence, anxieties, and more by integrating the Zecure app into your everyday practices.

Get started today by getting in touch with someone from the Zecure team. We’re here to help you out.

Sources:

[1] Occupational Health & Safety. 2021. Winter Hazards and Cold Stress: How to Protect Workers This Winter — Occupational Health & Safety. [online] Available at: [Accessed 29 September 2021].

[2] nhs.uk. 2021. Overview – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). [online] Available at: [Accessed 29 September 2021].