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.

A Clear and Present Danger: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the perpetrators of workplace violence, […]

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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Teach Employees Situational Awareness in Advance to Help Prepare for Workplace Violence and Other Emergencies

Every security officer’s top priority is keep their facilities and workforce safe. While advances in technological solutions such as access control and surveillance systems have helped accomplish that goal, they are not completely fail safe. According to security experts, when creating a good security plan to deal with for their organizations, security officers need to […]

Fentanyl Exposure: Protecting Security Officers and First Responders

The current opioid epidemic, which is being fueled by the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has created a heightened danger for enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency medical first responders who arrive at the scene of overdoses (ODs), traffic stops, arrests, and searches. Given how opioid use has expanded as the crisis continues, security officers should be aware […]

Keeping Security Relevant in a Shared-Use Facility

How do you install new security devices or systems in a building you don’t own or operate? How do you get the landlord’s buy-in to make important changes to your part of the building? How do you keep your employees safe in a facility with multiple access control points and a shared lobby or reception […]

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Accountability is Key When Combating Bullying

In part 1 of this article we explored what Catherine Mattice, a consultant, coach, and trainer had to offer about workplace bullying, including where it parallels harassment and what the differences are under the law. Today we’ll look at the importance of accountability as well as some methods for preventing bullying.

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Is Workplace Bullying Simply a Legal Form of Harassment?

I recently spoke with Catherine Mattice, a consultant, coach, and trainer, to discuss the roots of workplace bullying. Research studies provide a wide range of data regarding how many people experience bullying, but they agree that the problem is widespread, destructive and, with the help of people like Mattice, solvable.

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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 […]