Security and safety affect all industry sectors -- healthcare, manufacturing, construction, education, retail, entertainment venues, and restaurants, to name a few.
And, while we’d all like to think that a security incident is unlikely, prevention is key to getting in front of any safety risks. Safekeeping the business you have worked so hard to build is paramount to your future success.
In 2017 more than 5,200 Americans died on the job according to the National Safety Council. The sad part is that 4,414 of those deaths were preventable.
The BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses also reports that more than 16,600 workplace non-fatal assaults and violent acts resulted in lost workdays.
Your security system doesn’t need to be costly. It just needs to do the job well. Install the systems that are right for your needs and budget, using a team that will assess your current electrical wiring and ensure that your system stays operational at all times.
Here is a look at the 6 top things to consider when it comes to security and safety for your business, your employees, and your customers.
#1: Identify your security threats
The most common security threat, aside from physical areas or situations, is complacency: understanding that threats are possible but feeling that it likely won’t happen to your business.
It creates an environment ripe for issues. However, it can be quickly addressed by making security a point of conversation and having every person involved in your company understand their role in keeping the business secure.
In general, OSHA recommends a strong commitment by management and involvement by employees to ensure the best security plan which may include clear goals and a written program.
“To me, reducing likelihood is the only real solution. The likelihood of complacency will decrease if my organization creates a culture that embraces enterprise risk management. At a minimum, such an organization is much more responsive to risks and their treatments,” said Drew Zavatsky, a section manager in loss prevention at the Washington State Department of Enterprize Services, in Risk Management Magazine.
Security threats can take on many forms – indoors or outdoors. In the healthcare industry, the risk may be a loss of privacy. Sound masking helps you meet HIPAA compliance by protecting the privacy of patient conversations.
Look at places with generally high-security threats:
- High-foot and vehicle traffic areas
- High-risk property
- Door entries
- Points of sales
- Areas of possible collisions
- Low-light parking lots
- Obscure corner angles
Things you can do:
- Regular assessments
- Improve lighting
- Sound masking
- Discuss staff’s role in keeping the business secure
- Gated parking lots
- Motion sensor lighting
- Blue emergency call boxes
- High-resolution security cameras
- Security and personnel checks
Your cabling infrastructure has a big impact on the strength of cybersecurity and internet connectivity. The correct cable and expert installation all make a difference. High-quality cable allows for increased bandwidth and scalability with more reliable data transmissions, driving security within your network ecosystem.
The newest structured (Cat 6A) and multimode (fiber optic) cabling meet higher security requirements for data center infrastructures. They enable fast, interruption-free network operation and protect against data security threats posed by the IoT.
#2: Get expert advice
As you develop your plan to keep your business and employees safe and secure, reach out to an expert who can help assess your current security, your needs, and appropriate solutions.
The team you hire to do the installation is just as important as the equipment you are installing. They should be trained to the highest safety standards. Lemberg teams are required to be OSHA 30 certified.
This means the staff has completed a minimum of 30 hours of training in a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone working in the construction industry and provides information on OSHA compliance.
You’ll also want to look for companies that offer a warranty on their work. Anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on the project, is standard.
Accurate estimates are also key to making sure your security vision is realized within the budget you’ve allotted Lemberg’s informed estimators use a large database to develop conceptual estimates to provide fast and reliable budgets for any size project.
#3: Develop a plan
Be comprehensive about your security plan by documenting the different components, features, and security steps you want to incorporate.
When it comes to security and safety, you want to consider your:
- Potential and known threats
- Expert proposed solutions
- Education training for your team
- Workplace policies and procedures
#4: Explore different product options for your specific security concerns
There are a lot of different equipment options when it comes to security. A professional full-service team will be able to give you the best possible package at your budget to address your security threats. Here are some of the options and details to think about as you review installation and different models:
Security cameras - Outdoor and indoor cameras can help oversee the property and activities on it 24/7. Consider the placement, recording options, high-resolution cameras, and the high-risk areas in need of monitoring such as the front door, back door or alleys.
Audio systems - Audio speakers and wiring can be installed indoors and outdoors, depending on your security needs. You may consider features like combined audio/video or multi-zone setups.
Sound masking - Sound masking is an ambient sound that helps protect unauthorized access to personal information (HIPAA), but it can also help business owners provide a comfortable work setting with less distraction.
PA systems - This system of amplifiers, microphone, and speakers can be used to communicate inside and outside of your building. You’ll want to consider location and communication features like push-to-talk and amplification.
Blue emergency call boxes - Often placed in parking lots or pathways further away from the main building, blue emergency call boxes provide assistance to anyone in distress. They also help illuminate areas of the property that may otherwise be dark, therefore deterring crimes.
Command centers - Control or command centers are the hub of your security system. When looking at different models, consider the usability and features like automation as well as compatibility with other security options.
Door access - Depending on your needs, features such as door access tracking and programmable door locks are also available.
#5: Expert installation
Expert, professional teams will be able to plan efficient, low-voltage solutions that will keep your security running while not increasing your utility bills. They’ll review your current wiring systems to determine which products and setups will work best. Lemberg experts can help design, retrofit, or correct your current wiring systems.
#6: Ongoing support and service after installation
Support after installation is crucial to ensuring that your system is operational at all times. Look for:
- A 24/hr emergency electrical service and data team to resolve issues quickly and answer all your questions
- Preventative maintenance to keep your system working top-notch
- A 1-2 year warranty (depending on the project)
Put the checklist into action
Start conversations about security with your team now to prevent creating an environment of complacency. Discuss potential threats, privacy concerns, and company policies. Make security a priority.
After all, your work environment should be one where your employees and customers feel safe, and where your business can thrive.A quick look at the checklist:
- Identify your security threats
- Get expert advice
- Develop a plan
- Explore different gear for your specific security concerns
- Expert installation
- Security and safety support
If your company is looking for creative solutions that fit your specific needs, connect with Lemberg today or request a quote. We work to achieve your vision within your budget to keep your business and employees safe.