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Mike Bolam

Mike Bolam
Growing up in a Family of Firefighters, it seemed only natural to pursue a career in Emergency Services, so that started the journey to where Mike is today. With 35 years of experience in Public Safety and Emergency Services, combined with an overwhelming passion for helping people, Mike has developed a well defined and analytical approach to life. His current projects include; Technical Advisor to the International Fire Service Training Association, technical review and update of standardized safety and emergency response protocols for municipalities, institutions and emergency responders throughout North America, and now as the Chief Safety Officer for OnGuard. Mike is also currently working on his master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management.
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Worker privacy vs. worker safety

Posted by Mike Bolam on Jul 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Which is more critical, safety or privacy?

While for some, this question has a clear answer, but there are a few key considerations. This article outlines best practices for creating a transparent and safe but protected and private employer to employee relationship. Particular focus will be placed on location tracking and worker monitoring and how to achieve the right balance between privacy and safety.

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Topics: Safety

Today's workforce alone and unprotected

Posted by Mike Bolam on Jun 24, 2020 6:30:00 AM

The dangerous truth about being left alone

What is the risk?

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Topics: Safety

Panic button and SOS alerts

Posted by Mike Bolam on Jun 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM
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How to ensure quick help in case of emergency

Using a panic button to trigger emergency or SOS alerts is one of the basic functionalities of a lone worker protection application, allowing an employee to quickly call for help when in distress. This blog post explains why a panic button app should be part of your digital PPE portfolio, where it fits into a safety program and how to choose the right solution.

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Topics: Features

OnGuard Implemented; Now what?

Posted by Mike Bolam on Jun 10, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Adding lone worker protection to your safety program

Establish a lone worker company policy

A lone working policy statement is made up of one or two paragraphs outlining your company’s dedication to meeting legal requirements.

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Topics: Safety

Lone workers - out of sight and out of mind?

Posted by Mike Bolam on May 22, 2020 12:11:23 PM

Lone workers perform their duties with an elevated risk due to the fact that they are not directly supervised and therefore may be forgotten about. Companies are now implementing safety measures so that nobody is left behind.

Line managers and mid-level management are pivotal to ensuring the safety of their employees on a daily basis. While face to face conversations are important, the reality is that there are more employees than ever before working from home, or in the field who are very often, out of sight and out of mind.

With their days often spent running from one meeting to another while answering urgent emails in between, mid-level and line managers often forget to check in with their direct reports to make sure that they are working efficiently, and are safe.

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Topics: Safety

Everything you need to know about Lone Worker Safety in less than 3min

Posted by Mike Bolam on May 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Here is a short summary of Lone Worker Safety and everything you need to know in less than 3 mins!

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Topics: Safety

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