Blog > March 2020 > Lone Workers & Personnel Safety
For many companies, role definition often prevents a business from the ability to create a lone/remote worker safety program.

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By building a comprehensive safety program, businesses can prepare for the challenges associated with a lone or remote worker employee work force.

The challenge:
 
Companies do not know how to define roles, process and lack the hardware to create a lone/remote worker safety program.
 
What defines lone and remote workers?
 
Remote worker- anyone beyond cellular or terrestrial communication services.
 
Lone worker – anyone outside of visual or auditory range of another worker for >than 2 hours. Can be remote or within cellular coverage.
 
Below are use case details to help a company overcome the challenges they face in developing a comprehensive safety program using SPOT My Globalstar and SPOT devices.
 
  • Stay on top of your safety process through message routing.
    • Use email for daily “all-is-good” communication
    • Use SMS for immediate awareness items.
    • It is simple and an effective way to create escalation through our portal.
  • Remote worker going it alone
    • When heading out:
      • Perform safety check on PPE, then send “check-in” message and turn on tracking
    • When returning:
      • Send “check-in” and turn off track mode
      • Immediately document any near misses and properly stow, PPE and tools
  • To Track or Not to Track
    • Creating sound safety process
      • Enabling track mode in the field allows HSE teams to use Geofencing, dwell alerts, and heartbeat alerts to make sure Lone and Remote workers are never far from support.
  • Using Subgroups for Lone worker alerting            
    • Creating subgroups allows you to activate users into an active “Lone-worker” status
      • Assign team members to a group that is visible to necessary foreman, leads and HSE teams.
      • Create a subgroup and use the subgroup for all the “Lone-worker” alerts that are built.
      • Then simply edit the subgroup by make the members active.
      • Once they send their returning to base message you can deactivate them by editing the group.
      • This keeps managers active in the portal upholding their end of the safety see-saw