In any organisation employee safety is always going to be a high priority consideration. For compliance reasons there will be procedures put in place by any organisation to ensure that any risk to employees is kept to a minimum in the event of a disaster. The procedure devised should look to consider any possible outcome and staff should have the knowledge of what is expected of them in each scenario.
I came across the article: ‘What are the compulsory fire safety regulations for UK businesses?’ (http://www.bytestart.co.uk, 2017) The article states:
“Anyone who owns non-domestic premises, is an employer, landlord, or occupier, or who has control of business premises such as a managing agent or facilities manager, is known as the responsible person, and could be held accountable in the event of tragedy.
There may be more than one responsible person, in which case they must work together and accept equal responsibility for meeting the regulatory requirements.”
With government legislation imposing that there be a clear understanding of what is expected to happen in the event of any kind of disaster, there has never been a more appropriate time to consider what’s available to assist with this. We use technology to help us in just about all other areas of working life, yet when it comes to Fire or Disaster Roll call, we appear to be stuck in the 20th century with a marshal, a pen and a piece of paper.
So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?
For those of you unfamiliar with us, here at Thinking Software we develop and support Workforce Management, Time & Attendance Software. From discussions with our existing client base we came up with the idea for a MUSTERD that we have recently released, to meet the need pay consideration to workplace disasters and bring the roll call procedure into the 21st century.
Need is very much the mother of invention. We have been working in partnership with Access Control Manufacturers for a long period of time and are very proud to do so. However in the event of a fire, naturally it becomes vulnerable and in that environment can be forced into being disabled. The Access Control system produces a very basic roll call report, all of which is unavailable when disabled.
MUSTERD is an evacuation system that communicates with the Cloud and provides in-time information on the members of staff present on-site. In the event of a fire everyone who is on-site within the Access Control System is made unsafe and staff will make their way to the roll call points where they will meet the fire marshal armed with a MUSTERD device.
The MUSTERD device is essentially designed to make the Access Control system at this point redundant. Staff will make themselves safe on the device that updates as staff present their card, a bar-code or manually do so on the device itself. This information is communicated among the other fire marshals via the devices and again due to it’s communication with the cloud, provides in-time information on staff locations.
This device utilises the WiFi while that operational, but also contains a data sim meaning that it’s extremely unlikely that it wont be able to communicate information on staff safety at any point. However the device will continue to be operational simply updating employee information when it regains connectivity.
When the marshals deem it time to stop making people safe, those remaining on the unsafe list can be communicated with the fire brigade along with their last known location. This could prove pivotal in the decision making process on how best to tackle the disaster and where to prioritise 1st.
When a marshal believes the evacuation process is over, this to can be communicated on the MUSTERD device that starts a countdown on all the other marshal’s devices. This is prompts the others to also determine whether this is the case. If not they will simply advise no and the evacuation process will continue, however if all agree the evacuation is completed.
We appreciate this is quite the innovative solution and you may not have come across anything like this up to this point. In the short term we are particularly keen to prove web demonstrations of the system so you can further question us on its capabilities. To arrange a demo or for more information please visit the website at: https://musterd.com/
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