Workplace Safety And Security

Dr. Purushothaman
December 6, 2013

Good workplace security is of the utmost importance. Without it, your premises, equipment and employees are put at risk. However, it is something that many businesses overlook, either because they are unaware of what they should be doing or they are trying to cut costs. Considering it as an unnecessary expense is a big mistake, because the cost of damage, higher insurance premiums and liability lawsuits can easily amount to more than the cost of taking standard precautions. Having locks on their doors and windows is all that lots of businesses do as far as workplace security is concerned, but that is far from adequate. As well as having strong locks on your doors and windows, there are many other precautions that you should be taking, some physical and some training related. These are some of the workplace security precautions that you may want to consider...

- Point CCTV cameras at all entrances and exits.

- Pull metal shutters over windows and doors at the end of the day.

- Utilize an under-the-counter alarm system so that employees can discreetly alert security staff if they need assistance.

- Position your reception area directly in front of the main public entrance.

- Place a plastic window on service counters if large amounts of cash are being dealt with.

- Position furniture and partitions so that access to high risk areas (such as where money is kept) is not visible to members of the public.

- Install a discreet metal detector next to the public entrance to your premises.

- Ensure that from their desk supervisor's have a clear view of where their employees are working.

- Run training courses on workplace security so that employees know what is expected of them.

- Decide on code words to alert co-workers and supervisors that immediate help is needed.

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