Security and Emergency Response Training

Human Focus offers the following e-Learning courses under this toolkit:

ASCONE Training for Security Personnel

Course Duration: 15+ minutes
Aimed at all staff members – awareness

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Bomb And Terrorist Threats

Course Duration: 10+ minutes
Aimed at all staff members – awareness

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CPD Certified Courses by Human Focus
Emergency Preparedness Training

Course Duration: 35+ minutes
Aimed at all staff members – awareness

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Every day, millions of workers go to work in commercial buildings, retail establishments and offices. Customers, vendors and staff come in and out of workplace buildings throughout the day. Countless transactions occur each day.

This much activity exposes every organisation to significant risks. Emergencies such as fire, bomb threats and accidents can occur. Important data or physical property can be stolen. In the case of retailers, these includes the risk of shoplifting.

As such, every organisation must have measures in place to protect themselves, their staff and their assets. This should include emergency response plans, security guards and security training.

Why Security is Important

Workplace security aims to lessen the risks of physical harm coming to the property, people and information. The network security protects the organisational data from being accessed remotely. But, even data can be compromised in some physical way.

Organisations of all sizes need to consider physical security to ensure the safety of their primary assets. Their primary assets are:

  • Property
  • People
  • Data

Protecting Property

All the physical assets that organisations own are their property. It includes building itself, raw materials, equipment, furniture, environmental control systems and many more. Damage or loss to any of the assets costs businesses millions of pounds annually.

Along with this, each year billions of pounds worth of assets are lost to retail crime.

Protecting People

Employees are a valuable asset for any organisation. The business processes would halt without them. The skills and knowledge they possess are not easily replaceable. Keeping them safe and secure should be the top priority of employers.

Certain employees are more likely to face violence at work. These include those who:

  • Work alone
  • Work early or late shifts
  • Handle money by exchanging it with the general public or delivering it to a bank to be deposited
  • Work in high-risk industries, such as healthcare and social services

Data & Intellectual Property

Many organisations do not consider intellectual property as a physical asset. But it can certainly be accessed physically and can be stolen via the old school method of obtaining it in person. In modern business processes, organisations’ data move around on tablets, laptops, and phones; therefore, securing these devices and the physical spaces stored has prime importance.

Workplace Emergencies and Ways to Handle Them

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation. It threatens employees, disrupts work operations and can cause physical or environmental damage.

Common Types of Emergencies

An organisation may encounter several disasters. These disasters may be called emergencies.

The emergencies can be natural or manmade. The manmade emergencies include:

  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Release of toxic chemicals
  • Falls from height
  • Terrorism act
  • Confined space incident

However, the natural disasters may include:

  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami

These emergencies, if not dealt with properly and the consequences are not controlled, can result in significant loss of life and property and subsequent losses. Therefore, providing emergency response training courses can be helpful to manage the undesired incidents effectively.

What Can Employers Do to Protect Employees’ Security?

Employers should protect their employees from internal and external threats to ensure their safety. The threats vary depending upon the following factors:

  • Company visibility and its leadership
  • Presence of high-value equipment
  • Geographic location
  • Number of entry points
  • Building size
  • Number of shifts throughout the day

It is beneficial for business owners to perform a security audit. The audit process helps to identify blind spots in the current security programme and realise where they need improvements or maybe a team of security guards.

Formulate an Adequate Response Plan

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is helpful to facilitate and organise employer and employees’ actions during any workplace emergency. An effective EAP aims to prevent employee injuries and structural damage in the event of an emergency.

Employers and managers should prepare an EAP to consider the likelihood of an emergency occurring at a particular location. A comprehensive EAP is developed through thorough risk assessment and therefore, must include all types of possible workplace emergencies.

Hire Professional Security Guards 

Professional security guards are among the most effective ways of protecting employees. There are several benefits to hiring a security guard for small and large-scale businesses. It helps to ensure people’s security and safety and offers long-lasting peace of mind. There is no replacement for physical and mental assurance that you individually, your assets, family, your business and your employees are safe and protected.

Security personnel better offer a sense of protection by providing adequate skillsets in various threatening situations.

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