Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President, General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America
Published: Thu, Jun 8, 2017

June is National Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to reassess your facility’s security measures. Don’t know where to start? Check out the tips below and learn some efficient ways to protect your facility and prepare your staff.

Train and Refresh Employees

Your employees and staff are your number one business asset and your first line of defense. Make sure they are aware of safety procedures and prepare them with potential warning signs to expect in the event of an emergency. You may consider scheduling yearly security trainings and drills. This will ensure safety is top of mind for all staff, not just those who work in security or operations. It’s a great way to refresh current staff and inform new employees, too.

Regularly Test Your Equipment

In addition to your safety procedures, it’s important to regularly test your various systems to ensure they are working properly and complying with local laws and safety codes. You may consider scheduling a risk assessment with a trained professional. They may spot something that you overlooked, or have more insight into new regulations and codes. Risk assessments can also help identify how to reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies and improve the overall health of a facility and its people.

Address Weakness Common to Your Business

It is important to look at weaknesses specific to your business and take actionable steps to address vulnerabilities. According to the top vulnerabilities guide, developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Johnson Controls, robbery is one of the most common crimes, with an estimated four burglaries happening every minute in the U.S. There are some simple things you can do to make your business a difficult target. For example, keep entries and parking lots well lit. This will create a better line of sight and remove potential hiding places. Additionally, security cameras with clear signage announcing their presence can deter potential intruders.

Install Technologies That Communicate Emergency Information

Having a clear line of communication in an emergency is crucial and there are many technologies you can use to accomplish this. Mass notification systems (MNS) can offer a multitude of benefits and change the way information is communicated. For instance, a voice-enabled fire alarm system can be used to not only notify people of an emergency, but also provide less critical information such as parking notifications or weather conditions.

National Safety Month is a great reminder to reassess your facilities’ safety and security plans and procedures. Remember these four tips to maximize the safety of your facility and its occupants, no matter the time of year.

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