Last Friday Graham Mills was interviewed by Lara Lewington the presenter of BBC Click programme about how the company uses Stay Safe App to help its lone working surveyors. Graham went to the Click studio at Television Centre in London where Lara asked him questions about where the idea for the Stay Safe App came from, how it works and how our surveyors feel about using it. The interview will be broadcast later this month.
Under the Health & Safety at Work Act all employers have a duty of care towards their lone working employees. Graham created the App, in association with technology company One Result, to help fulfil the company requirement to ensure that the surveyors are safe. The App works by setting a timer before you start a journey or site visit which starts a countdown, you then have to check in to confirm that you are ok before the timer runs out. Messages are sent to the users chosen contacts from the App either by email, in the case of the free Lite version, or by email and SMS in the case of the Premium version. In the event that the user does not check in an alert is sent to the contacts with a map reference showing the users last known location. The App is backed up by a cloud based secure server and is unique to the marketplace.
The uses of the Stay Safe App go far beyond surveyors, interest has been expressed by estate agents, social workers, students and there is the additional benefit that it can also be used personally by people during their own time for activities when they are alone such as walking, mountain biking, nights out etc.
The feedback from our surveyors has been great as they see it as an investment in their safety and wellbeing.
To find out more about Stay Safe App go to http://www.staysafeapp.com/
To find out more about the BBC Click programme go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/
Lara Lewington http://www.laralewington.com/index.htm
One Result http://oneresult.co.uk/