Once you have your alarm and monitoring in place, who will be your keyholder?
If you decide to use a member of your staff please consider the following:-
Lone Worker Risk
Employers must question whether it is reasonable to ask staff to attend alarm activations late at night or at the weekends?
• Is acting as a key holder in their contract of employment?
• Have they been appropriately trained?
• Has the employer ensured that everything possible has been done to protect them?
A key holder’s duty can be both inconvenient and dangerous! Health and Safety Regulations regarding Lone Workers are ever-changing, but the fundamental policy is contained within The Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999. These state that; ‘It is the employer’s duty to assess risks to lone workers and take steps to avoid or control risk where necessary.’ (Working Alone in Safety: HSE)
Alarm response and Key holding offers complete peace of mind and potential insurance premium reductions. More and more insurance companies are recognising the value of this service and advocating the use of a professional alarm response and key holding company to remove implicit risks from personnel. Employing a responsible key holding company can reduce insurance costs which in many cases can completely cover the cost of the key holding service itself.
We can provide an alarm response if your alarm sounds at any time of the day or night, we can attend to search the area for intruders, call the police as needed, and even undertake work to safely re-secure your property.
Alternatively we can offer an escort to take you safely around a site where your alarm is sounding.
Alarm response, the hidden dangers