Industry welcomes new operational headquarters and Alarm Receiving Centre for UK’s leading Lone Worker protection services and technology support companyWed 21 Oct, 2009
Argyll, the UK’s market leader in the rapidly growing Lone Worker protection and technology support sector recently hosted key industry stakeholders including NHS, Local Authorities, Insurers, BSIA, SBCC and ACPO(S) during a lone worker safety education and legislation information day. Over 50 delegates and VIP’s received a comprehensive briefing about the impact to business of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, lone working and the recent publication of British Standard BS8484 (Lone Worker Alarm Receiving Centre and Devices) that will identify service providers and device manufacturer companies meeting the rigorous compliance needed for personal safety systems designed for lone worker protection.
The briefing was held at Argyll’s new purpose built operational headquarters and Alarm Receiving Centre in Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland earlier this month. The facility represents a £1.5m investment for Argyll and the company continues to work with stakeholders and set standards within the rapidly expanding Lone Worker protection industry. Argyll currently supports over 25,000 registered users and works with a growing number of key channel partners across the telecoms, security and facilities management sectors.
The company’s Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) operating 24 hours a day, and constructed on the same site, complies not only with the new BS8484 but also the complimentary British Standard BS 5979 Cat II specification required to obtain a rapid and guaranteed police response to lone worker distress alarms and the ARC is one of only a handful in the UK compliant with this level of service integrity. The company headquarters has also been awarded the prestigious ‘Secured by Design’ certification by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland which recognises that the purpose built facility meets the latest design standards for both premises security and personnel safety and now carries a ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status. Argyll’s work is recognised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and recognised by the NHS Security Management Service.
Commenting, Tom Morton, CEO of Argyll, said: “Our continuing investment and focus in Lone Worker technology is testament to the growing demand by employers under increasing legislative and moral pressure to discharge their duty of care to their vulnerable employees as effectively as possible. There is no hiding place from the recently adopted Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act and our new facilities have been purpose designed to help employers comply with that ACT to the letter. I strongly urge employers of lone workers to entrust their duty of care to those reputable providers operating to the standards now recognized by both industry and the police”
The number of Lone Worker’s currently in the UK is estimated to be around 8 million individuals and growing annually. An additional 40% of the UK population are recognised as being part time Lone Workers.
Since its foundation in 1998, Argyll has become the UK’s leading provider of services and technology solutions that support employers fulfil their duty of care to Lone Worker employees. The company supports over 25,000 individuals and offers a range of products and services specifically designed to monitor and manage an individual’s health, safety and well-being empowering them with the ability to manage day to day risks. Argyll not only provides Lone Workers with the means of summoning assistance and a guaranteed emergency response, but also provides the employer with full compliance of health & safety legislation and the new standards.