Category: Facility Security

Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.

Essentials for Your Next Security Guard Contract

There can be a substantial disconnect between what a security guard firm offers in terms of staffing a site with its officers versus what the client actually wants. Some clients have completely misguided expectations about what they can get for the fees they are willing to pay. And some guard firms over-promise and under-deliver when […]

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The Cal/OSHA Standard for Health Care Violence Prevention

Most patients view healthcare facilities as places they can go to ease their pain or repair their injuries. Unfortunately, for healthcare workers, the opposite is true: The facilities actually put them at risk of injury every single day. A standard implemented earlier this year in California seeks to protect these workers.

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Proper Lighting Can Prevent Shady Behavior at Your Workplace

There’s an inexpensive, simple fix that can improve productivity, control ergonomic hazards, enhance security, and reduce accidental injuries in your workplace. Proper workplace illumination can accomplish all of these things, and the good news is that much of what you need is probably already present in your workplace.

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Fake Cameras Can Mean Liability

Although it may sound counterintuitive, the only thing worse from a liability standpoint than no security cameras at a site are fake cameras in their place. Business owners or facility managers may not understand the inherent liability dangers of installing fake cameras in the hopes of saving money and not having to monitor or record […]

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Cleaning Crews Need Security Scrutiny

Janitorial crews are often neither seen nor heard, starting their work shifts after most employees have gone home. This level of freedom can cause security problems related to more than just incidents of theft. Workers in these jobs tend to be poorly screened or not backgrounded by the firms who hire them, mostly because the […]

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Even Familiar Vendors Need to Follow Access Control Policies

It’s easy for vendors to get overly familiar with their customers and try to bypass security policies related to access control, waiting time, or being in parts of the facility they really don’t need to be. All employees need to be reminded to follow established protocols for vendor interactions.

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Bay District Schools Gets an A+ in Student Safety

Over the summer security personnel at the Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida, are hard at work making more campuses safer for when students return. Beginning in 2010 and following an alarming firearm incident at a board meeting, the commitment to upgrade security infrastructure throughout district schools continues.

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Florida Governor Vetoes Bill Easing Fire Protection for Condos Based on Recent Events and at Industry Urging

A deadly blaze ravaged three upper floors of a 36-story residential condominium tower in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, following on the heels of a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents. These two examples of the devastating effects of fire also highlight the importance of having comprehensive fire systems in place no matter how […]

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Using Employee Surveys to Measure Security Issues

It’s easy for security professionals to make assumptions about what their facilities need in terms of new security devices or policies. After all, that’s their business, right? In reality, they may have some gaps in their perceptions of what is best for the facility because they have not taken the time to ask the end-users—the […]

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Keeping Security Officers in ‘Professional Mode’ at Your Facility

Security officers can and should play many roles during their guard shifts, including providing information; good customer service to employees, vendors, and visitors; and remaining vigilant, especially when they have not encountered past crime or violence problems on the site. It’s important that they not get distracted from their security duties by employees or supervisors […]

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