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How to Sell Your Boss on Lone Worker Safety Monitoring

Blackline Safety Leader in Connected Gas Detection & Lone Worker Safety February 23, 2016

Do you spend your days at dangerous work sites, in isolation, traveling alone, or indoors but out of sight or sound from others? Do you feel safe working alone? And, do you have lone worker safety monitoring technology in your workplace?


The reality is, you never know what the day (or night...or after-hours) will bring. You face many risks on the job—are you confident your company has your back? And, will they respond swiftly when an incident occurs? Here we explore how to sell your boss on employee safety monitoring technology.


On top of completing your work, you’re also required to be productive, efficient and check-in periodically with management to confirm you’re safe, as per protocol.

Blog Images--oil and gas4 When you’re on the clock, you may find your current manual check-in procedures to be a hassle or waste of time. In fact, the time it takes you and other lone workers to halt your duties and report in, could be time spent working so you can complete your duties, elevate your performance and finish your shift.

You’ve got enough on your plate, additional distractions are not ideal.


You’re an expert in your field and recognize the importance of staying safe in any environment, under various circumstances—especially if you are a lone worker.

Blog Images--labs2If you suffer an incident and are in need of help, rapid emergency response may not always be an option. Whether you’re confined, underground or isolated and off-the-grid, you need a process in place to locate you quickly and send for help when you are working alone.

If you haven’t done so already, ask your boss to review your corporate emergency response plan. When an incident occurs, will responders get to you in minutes, hours or worse?

The bottom line is your company should have a strategy in place to respond rapidly if you or one of your colleagues suffers a safety incident.


If your business isn’t using manual check-ins maybe it uses the buddy system.

Blog Images--two workers with hard hats Just like a check-in system, the buddy system also has an impact on your business’ performance—double the cost to your organization. It’s true that a buddy may be available to respond should the unexpected occur but it can also provide a false sense of confidence. Events can occur that place a pair of working buddies in danger.

But there is a solution that addresses the need to keep you safe—one that can make the difference as well as save your business money.

Implementing safety monitoring technology saves lives and, you can remind your boss, has a positive impact on the bottom line and can reduce insurance premiums.


Your employer is responsible for providing safe and secure work environments for you and your colleagues. They must accomplish this all while investing in safety programs,  keeping insurance and worker compensation costs low and avoiding financial and legal repercussions for incidents is important for your company’s bottom line.

Blog Images--lab worker down Here are some helpful stats to share with your boss.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor, “Establishing a safety and health program to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses is not only the right thing to do, it’s the profitable thing to do. Studies have shown a $4 to $6 return for every dollar invested in safety and health.”

OSHA also indicates “only about 30 percent of businesses have established safety and health programs. About half of the 95 million workers who would be covered under an OSHA safety and health program standard don’t have that protection today.”

Understanding that every dollar spent offers a return of up to six times the program cost supports the importance of investing in safety.

The National Safety Council’s Safety+Health Magazine published an ROI on Safety article that suggests knowing how much workplace injuries cost can help convince managers and executives to increase safety investments. A fatality can cost $1.4M in direct costs with an additional $2.1M of indirect costs. If your business earns a 10% bottom line profit, that means to break even on the $3.5M cost, your business will need to earn an additional $35M in revenue.

The article also disclosed “workplace injuries and deaths cost society nearly $200 billion in 2012, and a single injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars.”

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) completed its own white paper in support of the high return on investment, delving into the hidden costs of failed safety and health systems.

Blog Image--Part 6 of 6--man down (1)It states that “anyone who has had the misfortune of witnessing or handling the aftermath of a serious or fatal on-the-job injury knows that, without question, the costs go far beyond those that appear in a company’s ledger book. For those who survive, or who work with the accident or illness victim, the costs continue with psychological stress that may require years of counseling.”

Your business’ reputation is very important to its success and can have an impact on customer and vendor relationships, and, the ability to attract talented team members.


From lone worker safety monitoring guides, to solution comparison guides and cost comparison charts, our resources have ample information to help you build your case.

Sharing the possibilities of safety monitoring technology to make the difference while saving your business money is something your leadership can get behind.

With all of this in mind, connect with your boss and confirm your safety. We’re here to help. Let’s talk about how we can help elevate your current safety monitoring program, connect with us today.

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