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.
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.
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.
The near-constant prevalence of workplace and school violence shootings or mass attacks—occurring in the United States about every 4 or 5 weeks, according to the FBI—should give security and HR professionals the motivation they need to regularly train and remind employees and students about warning signs and how and who to report them to.
Stopping terrorism in this country starts with vigilance, the effective use of the right security deterrence equipment, and an understanding of these attackers’ motives, their use of preattack surveillance, and what can be done to disrupt, deny, stop, and capture them before they strike.
Fire extinguishers are an important part of emergency preparedness and must be in a proper working order at all times. A popular extinguisher brand, Kidde, has issued a recall of over 100 models with plastic handles—a defect has resulted in at least one death.
Despite their differences, law enforcement agencies and security personnel within organizations are realizing the importance of interacting with each other on investigations and emergency response. They also recognize more needs to be done to prevent and deter crime.
Following a demonstration that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, colleges are being confronted with additional security concerns when controversial individuals are invited to speak at their campuses.
The 2017 Port Security Grant Program recipients are using funding to shore up maritime transportation infrastructure and security activities against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
Violence in society—and the workplace in particular—is on the upswing. The prevalence of active shooter incidents drives home the fact that preventing workplace violence must be a top priority of security and HR managers across all industries.