When I meet with business owners and ask them ‘do you have security at your premises?’ the majority of them reply ‘No, I don’t need any’
One of the challenges I face in my role is getting businesses to approach the subject of security and then analyse whether it is needed. No-one wants to think about their premises becoming a target for theft, fire or a break in but the truth of the matter is if you don’t carry out a Risk Assessment and implement some kind of security service – you are at an increased risk and are more likely to be targeted.
In 2014/15 75% of business didn’t have the necessary security until after a security breach occurred.
The job of Security Watch is to create awareness of potential vulnerabilities we then make recommendations on how to improve them. Your job as a business owner, manager or head teacher is to ensure you are implementing the advice and services necessary to keep your staff safe and your business productive.
When it comes to Security the majority of people’s opinion is that its costly or is lengthy in terms of training staff however, that isn’t always the case.
Here are 5 simple steps to improve the security at your workplace
- Make visitor’s sign in and out on a Visitors Book-Keeping track of visitors is not only important for Health and Safety but also in case of a Fire and for Personal Security.
- Keep Master keys and copies in a safe in a lockable office- Of the Top 10 items lost Keys are number one!
- Have every member of staff follow strict access control procedures- Make no exceptions!
- Empty rubbish bins on a regular basis- Avoid fires being started from a bin or sensitive client data being stolen.
- Don’t work late or alone- Business owners have a duty of care to keep employees safe at all times. Implement a buddy system if you know you need staff to stay on.
Wiltshire is one of the safest places to live in in the UK, however, crime still exists in our area and we need to be more mindful or reducing the amount of cases that occur in the workplace and at home.
Risk Assessments create awareness of hazards and risks and are an integral part of a good occupational Health and Safety Management Plan.
Security is paramount for every business, whether big or small. People that are happy and feel safe, work 12% harder and that means productivity, growth and peace of mind.
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