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Protect lone workers with Bosch GuardMe

Fast assistance when every second counts

The picture shows a worker in an elevator shaft, he has a smartphone with the GuardMe app open on his belt and a pair of pliers in his left hand.

Facts and figures

Approx. 8.5 million

lone working jobs or activities with a large proportion of lone work in Germany – and approx. 30 million in Europe

Approx. 875,000

occupational accidents every year in Germany, of which 450 are fatal

15 minutes

is the maximum time companies are granted until their lone workers have to receive first aid measures

According to expert estimates one in five employees in Germany works alone, meaning they spend some or all of their time working out of sight and out of earshot of others. Lone workers bear a higher risk of occupational accidents or medical emergencies such as a heart attack going unnoticed. This can have significant consequences, right up to permanent health restrictions in especially serious cases.

Certain activities must not be carried out by lone workers as a matter of principle. Other activities may only be carried out by lone workers if the employer provides suitable technical or organizational precautions.

Certain activities must not be carried out by lone workers as a matter of principle. Other activities may only be carried out by lone workers if the employer provides suitable technical or organizational precautions.

Lone workers at risk include those carrying out the following activities:

The most frequent occupational hazards:

Slips, trips, falls ("STF hazards")

Incorrect operation of tools or machinery

Incorrect stacking, lifting or carrying

Saving lives: why every minute can make the difference in an emergency

There are situations where lone workers cannot request assistance themselves: they may have fallen, be unconscious, have had a heart attack, or injured themselves on dangerous machinery – minutes or even seconds until first aid arrives can make the difference here. When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop a whole 7 to 10 percent each minute. The chances of a successful resuscitation are 75 percent after three minutes, and only 5 percent after ten minutes. It is therefore all the more important to ensure reliable protection and the fastest possible accident detection for lone workers.

DGUV: Responsibility rests with the employer

Under the German Occupational Safety and Health Act and the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions' DGUV Regulation 1, the employer is obliged to ensure the health and safety of their employees at their place of work. If a lone worker is exposed to an increased level of hazard at his or her place of work, employers must provide suitable technical or organizational personal protection measures over and above the general precautions. The most important instrument for doing this is the job hazard analysis. Regardless of whether this is conducted by the employer himself or authorized professionals, the legal responsibility always rests with the employer. The analysis provides information about what technical and organizational measures the employer should put in place. The preconditions under which a personal emergency signal system may be used are contingent on the job hazard analysis of affected employees' activity profiles.

The requirements for personal emergency signal systems, which use public telecommunication networks for data transfer, are specified in the German norm DIN VDE V 0825-11. By applying a lone worker protection solution certified according to this norm, employers can be sure to meet the highest possible safety standards for their lone workers.

The most important instrument for doing this is the job hazard analysis. Regardless of whether this is conducted by the employer himself or authorized professionals, the legal responsibility always rests with the employer. The analysis provides information about what technical and organizational measures the employer should put in place. The preconditions under which a personal emergency signal system may be used are contingent on the job hazard analysis of affected employees' activity profiles.

Under Section 25 of the accident prevention regulation 'Grundsätze der Prävention (BGV/GUV-V A1)' (Principles of Prevention), the employer must, taking into consideration the specifics of the workplace, ensure that the necessary assistance can be summoned in an emergency and directed to the job site through signaling devices and organizational measures.

DGUV Regulation 112-139 "Use of Personal Emergency Signal Systems"

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