As have other organizations that advocate for healthcare workers, the Joint Commission is strongly urging healthcare organizations to take a comprehensive look at the occurrence of violence against their employees and take steps toward implementing protections that “look beyond solutions that only increase scrutiny.”
Category: Emergency Preparedness
“It could never happen here” is not an acceptable attitude when it comes to emergency preparedness. Security professionals must be ready to work alongside other employees within the organization in the event of workplace accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or incidents of violence.
Mass notification systems utilize a number of integrated communication devices and software to alert building occupants about a potentially dangerous situation and facilitate the proper action and response. They represent a very beneficial added layer of life safety protection.
In a crisis situation at your facility, you will react as you have been organized and trained to do. Knowing what to do can be the difference between chaos and calm, or even life and death. A crisis can happen anytime, anywhere, to any organization, and while some may be predictable, others come on unannounced.
With the growing presence of social media outlets and mainstream media TV and radio stations using their partnerships with newspapers, the ability to fully cover local and national events means public agencies and company representatives need to be ready to answer tough questions.
Each year, June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season in the northern hemisphere. This year, however, Mother Nature is off to an early start. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement that it is predicting a near- to above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic seaboard. The current predictions […]
The use of tabletop exercises for your security team will require time away from their jobs to do it well. But by putting them into unique, unfamiliar, and even seemingly unlikely situations, in the safety of the training environment, you can learn collectively and finetune the outcomes for use in a real situation.
It’s a facility owner’s worst nightmare. Last night, the news covered a possible storm headed your way. Rain and hail were in the forecast, but the strong winds were not. After a tree falls on part of your facility, the power cuts out and dangerous chemicals spill. Now, in the heat of the moment, you […]
Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are places of physical and mental healing and pain relief. Yet, they are often sites of danger to their staff, most often to frontline staff such as nurses, aides, and receptionists.
A recent study by Rave Mobile Safety demonstrated some significant gaps in emergency preparedness. While 87% of respondents stated that they were aware of their workplace’s fire drill policy, only 57% of respondents indicated their workplace had preparedness drills in place for events such as hazardous materials incidents, weather alerts, and active shooter incidents.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is fast-tracking the development of a new standard for active shooter situations. Expectations are that the new standard will be ready this coming spring.