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.

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Putting the Pieces Together: Speaking Up to Prevent Mass Shootings

Do you remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? Each individual forms an incorrect conclusion about what an elephant is based on the limited information they have. The man touching the elephant’s tail concludes that an elephant is like a rope, while the man touching its tusk believed that the elephant was […]

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Preparing Employees for Natural Disasters

Worldwide, natural disasters were cited as the cause of 10,000 deaths. Many of those occurred while people were at work. In addition, research shows that the number of recorded natural disasters has continually increased over the past century. So, it’s still critical, perhaps now more than ever, that our facilities and employees are well-prepared for […]

two ambulance paramedics stabilise an assault victim. They are wearing green ambulance uniform typical of uk paramedics. One is sitting in the back of the car stabilising the victim's head whilst the other paramedic is closing the door of the ambulance . The victim has been out drinking and has either fallen or been in a fight , and is acting aggressively towards the paramedic.

De-Escalation: Mitigating Violence in Healthcare

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in our sister publication, Patient Safety Monitor Journal. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IAHSS) in August 2017 released a report to address strategies to prevent workplace violence in healthcare. Those familiar with the healthcare industry won’t be surprised by its conclusion: Healthcare facilities need […]

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Workplace Suicide Remains a Disturbing Trend

Security professionals tend to have their fingers on the pulse of their organization, though it’s not always easy to track potential workplace risks when there are few, if any visible red flags. Could you or your security team spot the red flags presented by an employee at your company that was be considering suicide? Would […]

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How IP Technology Can Streamline Multi-System Communications

Joseph Priestly, an 18th-century theologian, once said “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I wondered what he would make of today’s world where social media, texting, Voice over IP, two-way radios, mobile phones, Wi-Fi, mass notification and more stream across our airwaves. Nowadays, our ability to instantly communicate with one […]

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Listening for Leaks Can Help Predict and Prevent Active Shooters

A well-constructed hazard assessment is one of the most important tools for preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. They help analyze potential situations to determine the risks they pose, and provide security teams with the data to decide how best to contain and control those risks. Unfortunately, one increasingly common hazard has thus far defied […]