Two Way Radio Solutions to Protect Your Lone workers in your Business

Two Way Radio Solutions to Protect Your Lone workers in your Business

Some workers have to be alone because of the nature of their occupation. Whether a cleaner, security guard or night porter, they are often on their own with little interaction with others during working time.

As an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure your staff are safe. A two-way radio solution with lone worker or Man-down is an excellent way to give your employees that visibility during working hours.

Lone Worker Function

Lone Worker is incorporated in many types of two way radio systems. The radio will sense whether a user has made a transmission within a preset period. The handset will provide an audible alert if there has not been any radio activity within this period.

The user can acknowledge the alert by pressing a handset button, resetting the timer. If the alert is not answered, the radio gives an emergency alert with a predefined timed interval in which the staff member can call out their location and/or situation. Other users can then search for their distressed colleagues and offer assistance.

The Lone Worker function enhances worker safety when working in potentially dangerous locations or while completing a dangerous task. Lone Worker also increases situational awareness by conducting regular checks.

Man-Down Function

The Man-Down function features a tilt-switch inside a two way radio that automatically sends an alarm signal if the radio is tipped on its side for more than a preset period. The radio usually beeps to warn the user that the alarm signal will be sent if the radio is not positioned upright again.

The purpose of the Man-Down feature is to protect lone workers. If someone was to fall over, incapacitating themselves, their two way radio would send out an alarm warning to other users or the control centre who can then send for help.

The Man-Down function gives workers an extra layer of safety and confidence when they are out of sight or working near dangerous conditions. It also eliminates the potential of an unresponsive worker going hours or days without being noticed.

Emergency Alert Button

Another effective safety features of a two-way radio is an Emergency Alert Button. Normally located on the top of the radio, the Emergency Alert Button provides quick and easy access by users triggering an alarm by pressing this button in the event of an emergency. Immediately, the two-way radio sends out a voice and/or radio identity to notify control or the team of an impending emergency. This reduces response times and significantly contributes to a safer environment.

Icom two way radios have these significant features as standard or an option. The Lone Worker Alarm / Man down alarm and Emergency Alert Button are ideal for many applications where staff have to work alone, security personnel, and health and safety applications.

To learn more about safeguarding your staff, contact us on 01227 741741 or via

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