When we think of workplace violence, we far too often think about physical violence, which is the end point in a series of events. This isn’t overly surprising, given the visceral visibility of violent actions. The problem is, when we focus on the physical violence, we tend to forget about the events that either lead […]
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.
There are broad impacts when a major retail business moves to shutter its operations, especially when that business is the size of Circuit City, Borders Books and Music, or Toys “R” Us. In the case of the latter, the rapid closing of the toy giant left 31,000 employees without work and almost 800 properties vacant. […]
Thinking about school safety requires more prescience than ever before. While some of the more public discussions have focused on the controversial political issues of gun control and arming teachers, there are other, more immediate stop-gap measures to employ in the interim. One move school districts could make is to incorporate attack-resistant doors into existing […]
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 […]
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 […]
Employers are often looking for ways to better combat harassment in the workplace, which if left unchecked can escalate into a more serious situation. Some of the more obvious prevention methods include:
Recent research suggests that people are actually less depressed and less suicidal around the holidays, however, the World Health Organization reports that the number of people living around the world with depression increased 18.4% between 2005 and 2015, and that suicide was the second leading cause of death among those individuals aged 15 to 29 […]
Editor’s note: This article previously appeared in our sister publication, PSQH.com. There are multiple safety concerns in society today, and one unfortunate headline is the frequency of violence in healthcare settings. If you are a healthcare provider, it is safe to say that you have been or will be exposed to violence in the workplace, […]
One useful way to teach security staff to problem solve is to give them crime-prevention scenarios for specific issues related to the facility that either are or could be problematic to the safety of employees, guests, or visitors. Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) scenarios can provide dividends by offering site-specific training and nurturing […]
The majority of workplace harassment cases are never reported to either HR or security and therefore, they are never addressed or resolved. Whether it’s sexual harassment, bullying, or some other form, workplace harassment is much more pervasive than the statistics show. So, why is it that workplace harassment often goes unreported? Let’s take a look.