Is Your Security Plan Really Effective?

Surprisingly, many companies have daily operations that do not include security and safety planning. Most companies that have a security and safety plan havenít tested them in years.

The plans are usually outdated and are not current with the shifting trends in criminal activity. Mistakenly, the notion is that because nothing usually happens, it probably wonít.

This idea causes employees to be more concerned with the replacement of the water cooler than workplace violence, CPR, evacuation plans or fire extinguisher usage procedures.

This misapplication of security and safety practices doesnít elevate much concern until it costs millions of dollars in liability or even death.

In 2009 studies showed that 80% of our onsite consultations and assessments exposed that corporation managers donít have a clue about employee safety. It has also been found that workplace safety is not a part of the training program for most companies.

Another serious error is that almost all buildings assessed had either expired or unfeasible fire extinguishers. When managers are asked:

Q: Who is responsible for maintenance of safety equipment?

A: Iím note sure, Iíll find out.

Q: How many employees know CPR?

A: I havenít heard anyone mention that they know CPR.

Q: What do you do about a recently terminated employee who keeps coming on the property?

A: Well if they a dropping/picking someone up and not causing any problems I guess its ok.

Critically speaking, this is failure to provide a safe working environment. Most people cannot discern the missing factor due to lack of safety education and poor former practices.

While interviewing security guards on these sites, we asked they knew the names of the last five employees who were terminated. Unsurprisingly the answer was NO. Because most companies are unaware of mandatory training and abilities of their security officers they usually donít include the security officer in matters of terminations and schedule changing. When this happens the security officer will not be able to notice who is out of place. Your security officer is the first line of defense when it comes to being able to predict a potential problem. Since you hired a security company you should utilize them to receive a high return on your investment. You can do this by communicating with them about any problem that may cause a potential safety infraction.

Organized development of effective security plans is necessary. Employees tend to take seriously is vital when introducing an effective plan that has never been implemented. Assertive efforts must be put forth to show seriousness about safety matters. Employees should be informed and asked about their concerns. These simple steps should be taken to raise awareness and knowledge.

1. Retain a reputable security Consultation firm.

2. Ask for a full analysis of your current strengths and weakness.

3. Acquire training and information literature promptly.

4. Contact your local Police/Fire department (find out about free services that are available).

5. Implement new security plans and practices with seriousness.

6. Provide CPR and First Aid training for willing employees

7. Require all security personnel to have up to date CPR and First Aid training.

8. Security personnel should be required to keep a log of all maintenance done on safety equipment.

9. Often test and update company policies to match current threat levels.

*Remember that safety is a very essential part of daily operations, and should not be ignored because you donít expect anything to happen.

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