Hobart Pathology has placed 100 personal alarms in various sites - did each worksite get one?
We recently visited Sorell and had a look at the personal alarms, and there are a few questions about their usage and capacity to really help when needed.
- Firstly, the information on the procedure on how to use the personal alarm is very limited, for example, in a standalone site who’s going to hear the alarm and who’s coming to assist the staff member? Is the alarm monitored in real time? In a co-located site - in a medical centre, clinic or similar - have other staff in the building been informed and are they willing to come and help if an alarm is activated?
- In sites with more than one room is there more than one alarm?
Other concerns include:
- At some sites with only one entrance/exit there’s no entry sensor notification when a client enters the building
- There’s no annual first aid training, which you’d think would be mandatory considering staff members' roles
We’ve been visiting worksites about these concerns over the past few months to get feedback and we’ll be writing to Hobart Pathology to ask for these issues to be resolved in a timely manner.
If there’s anything else members would like raised, please contact us.