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One of the most important aspects of health and safety is prevention. Understanding when and where your business, and your employees, are most vulnerable is the key to building better procedures to protect them.

Personal safety apps don’t just provide safety solutions for your staff, they can also help you build a data-based knowledge base of events and locations to help you improve your operations.

And what’s more, these apps help employees’ feel engaged, and when you consider that disengaged employees have 37% higher absences, make 60% more errors, and have 49% more accidents than engaged ones (Boeldt M, 2017), it’s easy to see how improving employee safety can help your business.

Understanding geographical hot spots

Workplace injuries cost the UK economy £5.6 billion in 2018/19 (HSE, 2019), so it’s important to understand how to prevent your business from being one of those which lose out.

Using the geographic data collected, you can monitor business operations and the health and safety of staff, and/or the public, by generating geographical heat maps of any issues or incidents raised.

These heat maps can help you identify areas where you might need to focus on greater training, improved security, or just find areas where external factors have impacted your business.

Are you identifying high risk zones?

In addition to using past data to make procedure changes, personal safety software with geographical features allow you to highlight high-risk areas, allowing you to warn employees automatically when they enter this area.

These zones can be added and updated quickly, letting you set warnings as potential threats occur, and of course, remove them just as quickly when the threat has passed.

There may be times when an employee doesn’t even know where they are, and an emergency in this event can be made much worse if they can’t be located.

Geolocation equipped tools are able to notify important contacts, or the emergency services, of their location even if they aren’t sure of it.

Keeping in touch

The ability for an employee to check-in, without the need to raise an alarm, is another feature that can provide great comfort to staff members and their supervisors.

While an alert will set off an emergency reaction, a simple check-in allows a select few people to keep track of each other. When users are able to easily let someone know they’ve arrived somewhere and are safe, it provides comfort to both parties.

In addition to check-ins, journey tracking and meeting monitoring tools can automatically send a notification if the user doesn’t arrive at their destination or hasn’t returned from a scheduled meeting on time.

Your ability to monitor the wellbeing of your employees is essential, and so it’s important that you use the reports available through the app to help you build a better picture of the overall mental and physical state of your workforce.

Combining the wellbeing, location, and issue data will let you identify those hot spots that need some extra attention.

Employee protection done right

All of these features help you get a much better idea of the current state of staff safety, and they also help you build a much-improved set of procedures and protocols for the future.

Zecure’s geolocation features are just one part of the app, but they prove to be invaluable when it comes to monitoring the safety of your employees.

Identifying potential hot spots helps keep employees out of trouble, and lets employers reduce risk.

Reference list:

EHS Today (2017) How Engaged Workers are Safe Employees. Available at: https://www.ehstoday.com/safety/article/21919203/how-engaged-workers-are-safe-employees. (Accessed: 10 Aug 2021)

HSE (no date) Costs to Great Britain of workplace injuries and new cases of work-related Ill Health – 2018/19. Available at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/cost.htm (Accessed: 10 Aug 2021)