The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) launched its newest section of membership at IFSEC International last week in recognition of the growing market for lone worker protection products and services.
Officially launched by Rachel Griffin, Chair of personal safety charity, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section represents companies operating in the lone worker protection market, all of which are accredited or working towards accreditation to the lone worker standard, BS8484.
The event brought together professionals from across the security industry and also featured the election and announcement of the first official Section Chairman, Patrick Dealtry. Commenting on his election, Patrick said: “The lone worker market has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to the demand from customers recognising the value provided by companies offering services in this market. In addition, we recognise the growing effort among customers to satisfy their duty of care to their employees, often in very difficult circumstances. Today represents a milestone and reflects the success of BSIA companies in supplying these services. I am very pleased to have been elected Chairman and look forward to representing the interests of companies in the market with which I have been associated for over ten years.”
Craig Swallow, Managing Director of Connexion2, was appointed the group Vice Chair.
Ian Johannessen, Managing Director, Rocksure Systems, congratulated both Patrick and Craig on their appointments. He also commented, “We have made good progress over the past 3 to 4 years yet it is obvious that the lone worker safety and security market has further opportunity to develop even more.
There is still work to do on standards for quality and education for buyers and generally ensuring that there is a deep vein of collaboration across both industries and stakeholders to ensure the market achieves its full potential. The establishment of the lone worker section gives us every opportunity to achieve these objectives."
The BSIA Lone Worker Section Committee comprises 8 people from the lone worker industry including Ian Johannessen from Rocksure Systems. For more information about the BSIA’s lone worker protection section visit www.bsia.co.uk/lone-worker