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Ahead of the Lone Worker Safety Expo, we speak to the organiser of the annual event, Nicole Vazquez, pictured.
As Worthwhile Training, she has been a regular speaker at the expos, which Robert Kaiser of PPE (personal protection equipment such as body armour) company PPSS Group began six years ago. As Nicole says, the event puts a focus on lone working, as a place where people can gather information about the options available; and find out about best practice, and the latest thinking in terms of how to manage the risks to lone workers, whether from a health and safety, or security, or even HR (human resources) management point of view.
She says: “Because it’s only recently been recognised as an issue, for a lot of organisations, there’s not really been anything concentrated on lone working.” Hence the expo, solely about lone working, and how to control the risks, whether through training or technology; and the exhibition alongside the conference.
The conference, as Nicole says, brings together well-respected speakers from different parts of the industry, who can talk about not only ’what works’, but the pitfalls. She says: “The conference is an informal environment, so people are invited to ask questions; but there’s also an opportunity for people to network, and talk to those speakers, pick their brains and get more in-depth information.”
About the Lone Worker Safety Expo
It next runs on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the same venue as previous years; Olympia Conference Centre, west London. Among the speakers are Patrick Dealtry, one of the men behind the British Standard on lone worker safety management, BS 8484. Visit www.loneworkersafetyexpo.com. For the speakers in full, visit http://www.loneworkersafetyexpo.com/speakers.html.
More in the February 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine.