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.

The Cal/OSHA Standard for Health Care Violence Prevention

Most patients view healthcare facilities as places they can go to ease their pain or repair their injuries. Unfortunately, for healthcare workers, the opposite is true: The facilities actually put them at risk of injury every single day. A standard implemented earlier this year in California seeks to protect these workers.

Bay District Schools Gets an A+ in Student Safety

Over the summer security personnel at the Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida, are hard at work making more campuses safer for when students return. Beginning in 2010 and following an alarming firearm incident at a board meeting, the commitment to upgrade security infrastructure throughout district schools continues.

Florida Governor Vetoes Bill Easing Fire Protection for Condos Based on Recent Events and at Industry Urging

A deadly blaze ravaged three upper floors of a 36-story residential condominium tower in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, following on the heels of a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents. These two examples of the devastating effects of fire also highlight the importance of having comprehensive fire systems in place no matter how […]

Is CPTED Still in Use Today?

The security concept known as CPTED—or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design—started back in the 1970s with the publication of architect Oscar Newman’s book, Defensible Spaces. His thinking has influenced building designers, facility maintenance directors, security consultants, and even police agencies since that time. The question today is, does it still work?

Wisconsin Holmen School District Spending $3M on Security Upgrades

The school district of Holmen in Wisconsin is planning for some major security upgrades beginning this summer. After several months of community information sessions and industry review regarding safety and security districtwide, a referendum passed in April awarding the district $3 million to use toward updates that would heighten security in the buildings.

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Maritime Port Security Funding Deadline is Tomorrow

U.S. maritime ports are among America’s most critical infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) directly supports maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. A projected $100M is available in 2017 Port Security Grants. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow, June 22, 2017, 5PM EST.

Improvements to Patient Safety Continue at Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) presents unique challenges to security. Charged with creating a safe environment, the security team at MGH is simultaneously challenged by the hospital’s need for increased efficiency. The security team finds a solution that brings the facility’s surveillance system into the future and helps manage large caseloads.


New Security Problems at the Library

City and county libraries, in urban or rural areas, attract a variety of patrons, many of whom intend to use the facility for its desired purposes: reading, study, and computer work or research. A small segment of people who enter the library can be disruptive and even dangerous, including: gang members, the mentally ill homeless, […]