The current economic situation in Quebec mandates that austerity plans need to be put in place in order to prevent the province to fall deeper in the economic hole it has dug itself into over the last decades. Austerity plans = cuts and we can be sure that some people who work for the province will lose their job, ensuring that the remaining workers will need to do more work by themselves and to sometimes be the only person to work on a project. This shift has happened many years ago in workplaces such as youth centers, psych wards and prisons where lone workers are a common sight. To protect themselves, these workers are provided with a man down alarm. In this article, we will explain what a man down alarm is.
A Man Down Alarm Contributes to Lone Workers’ Safety at Work
A man down alarm is a small wireless device that a lone worker brings along with him or her that can be used to request backup when he or she is in a dangerous situation. When an employee feels threatened, he or she can press the button located on the man down alarm to send a distress signal to a central receiver. The central receiver then sends the signal to every linked devices so someone nearby can rush to the area where the lone worker in danger is located. All this happens in a matter of seconds.
Man Down Alarms are Perfect Replacements for Outdated Duress Systems
A company’s most important resource is its employees and it should do everything it can to protect them. Given this, a company manager cannot allow that its employees are working under the ‘’protection’’ of an old security system which could endanger their life.
Installing man down alarms to replace outdated duress systems in dangerous workplaces such as youth centers, prisons and psych wards is the best course of action to ensure lone worker safety. These modern duress alarms use ultrasound to instantaneously find the exact localization of an endangered employee. Indeed, once the lone worker presses its security button, ultrasound waves will travel to the central receiver which will then transmit the emergency signal to anyone linked to the system with their portable radio, cell phone, display panel, computer or a pager.
This concludes our article on man down alarms. If you are managing a dangerous workplace protected by an outdated duress system, we hope that it has made you aware of how important they are for your lone workers’ safety.