It’s now more imperative than ever that every employer develop and deploy a comprehensive and effective workplace violence action plan, given that the average workplace is now 18 times more likely to experience an incident of workplace violence than a fire, and active shooter scenarios are becoming much more likely.
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.
Preparedness is prevention when it comes to injuries, but unfortunately not every company has proven itself up to the task. Read on to see how one company dropped the ball in more ways than one so that you can avoid making the same mistakes at your facility.
In addition to the safety of occupants with business continuity an ever increasing issue, protection from fire is an integral aspect in reducing downtime at any facility. An understanding of why you need both fire prevention and fire protection can reduce hazards and maintain safety.
Consider for a moment, what’s your worst-case scenario? Fire? Explosion? Flood? If you’re just thinking of the disaster itself, you’re not thinking broadly enough: the true worst-case scenario is a disaster for which your facility and your workers are completely unprepared.
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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes each September as National Preparedness Month. This is the perfect time to make sure that not only your household is prepared for disaster but also that your workplace is as well. If your organization does not have plans such as these in place already, follow these steps to begin […]
It’s September, which means that National Preparedness Month (NPM) is in full swing. The National Safety Council (NSC) uses this time to generate awareness of how you can prepare yourselves and families for any disaster that could impact your businesses, homes, and communities. The NPM theme for the month is Prepared, Not Scared.
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.
Security professionals looking to improve their workplaces’ emergency preparedness plans may have noticed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strongly suggests the use of evacuation route maps—but there doesn’t seem to be a specific requirement. However, the lack of a clear requirement does not diminish the value of these materials to your emergency […]
As we have been inundated with media coverage of mass shootings, the public at large has been polarized in its response. However, the efforts to protect employees cannot stall due to polarized ideas to stem the tide. The root causes and sources of the violence are varied, no single or simple prevention or mitigation strategy […]