A survey just published by the Royal College of Nursing shows that a third of nurses have been assaulted in the last two years, whilst more than half felt that the risk of abuse when working alone had risen.
I would like to offer you the chance to speak to an expert on the subject of lone and vulnerable workers, Patrick Dealtry. Patrick is able to speak authoritatively on the risk of assault and intimidation faced by many workers as he is:
* Chairman of the British Standards Institute committee developing a lone worker standard.
* Founder and member of the Lone Worker Steering Group, which aims to set the standards for the protection of lone workers.
* Director of a worker safely device manufacturer whose products are used by staff working alone or within the community for personal protection.
* An ex-soldier and security industry worker.
Patrick would like to highlight the message that thousands of people are attacked or threatened every year while at work and that the issue of lone worker safety has never been greater. While you may think of a lone worker as being someone who works entirely alone, any amount of time you spend working alone - whether you're a social worker, a doctor or simply an office worker staying late - is a time of vulnerability and risk.
Please let me know if you would like to chat with Patrick, either with view to a stand alone article on lone worker safety or as part of a bigger feature you may be working on and I will happily arrange this for you.