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.
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.
To truly get to a place of total security, the importance of integrating your organization’s physical security and cybersecurity efforts is becoming increasingly apparent. For example, a motivated cybercriminal might start their research of your business online, but then choose to exploit a physical weakness they uncovered during the process. Are you confident that your […]
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 […]
To many people, their office or workplace is a safe space, even if it may not be their favorite place to go 5 days a week. They may reconsider after a critical situation such as an active shooter makes headlines, but once the dust settles, complacency tends to set back in. For Greg Shaffer, one […]
There is no denying the importance of bringing information technology (IT) and physical security personnel together to make sure these two worlds do not collide. A united front is essential when it comes to fighting against the many threats coming from all directions these days.
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 […]
Many organizations rely on visits from clients and/or vendors as a part of normal business operations, while others strictly forbid outside access to their offices. Regardless of how your business operates, however, there should be a clear workplace visitor policy in place, and it needs to be communicated to all employees. These policies serve to […]
Security professionals in health care are relied upon to both mitigate and manage huge complexes and remote facilities. The need to balance and maintain a welcoming environment, while protecting the people and assets within these healthcare facilities is a monumental task.
Workplace violence is not industry specific and happen to workers in any organizations. With that in mind, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently reaffirmed that workplace violence is a recognizable hazard and reminds employers that they are responsible for protecting employees from assaults and homicides.
Gary Martin walked into his workplace on Friday, February 15, 2019 with a loaded firearm, where he shot six coworkers, killing five and wounding one; he also injured five police officers during the incident.