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Workplace Security For Staff

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 2 Feb 2020 | comments*Discuss
Security Personal Work Risk Assessment

Health and safety regulations also extend to your employer being responsible for implementing measures and procedures to ensure your own personal security. Personal safety breaches such as intruders committing a violent act upon staff are, fortunately, very rare indeed and, due to the nature of business in general, companies have to tread a fine line between ensuring that they are open and accessible to visitors, particularly if those ‘visitors’ are customers and marrying that against their need to make sure that their staff can work in a safe, secure and unthreatening environment.

Then, there are also issues which could cause the staff to feel concerned about the actions taken by employers. For example, if an employer was to take personal security to the limit, staff may not take too kindly by being watched constantly from all angles and at all times by CCTV cameras or being followed around by security guards wherever they go as they could claim that this was an invasion of personal privacy.

Therefore, although the safety and security of staff must adhere to the laws laid out in relation to health and safety by the Government, it’s important to get the balance right.

Risk Assessment

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes and whilst a threat to your staff’s personal security can occur in premises large and small, the extent to which you’ll need to put security arrangements and procedures in place will vary between companies. However, each company, big or small, should carry out its own Risk Assessment to determine what they feel they need to do whilst ensuring that they are still compliant with the law. This may include things like looking at potentially vulnerable locations within the building(s) or premises, formulating contingency plans in the event of an emergency situation and identifying any security measures which need installing and having some way of monitoring these to gauge their effectiveness.

Training and awareness should also be implemented so that workers are fully aware of their responsibilities should their security be threatened as well as the resources they have at their disposal. This is important in areas such as customer service where all manner of security aids might be implemented which might include alert buzzers, toughened glass screen partitions etc.

Restricted Areas

Procedures should be put in place and all staff aware of them in relation to the control of access to the premises by visitors and where visitors can and cannot go. In some larger business premises, this may entail employing the services of security personnel and maybe installing CCTV cameras, alarms and light systems and having locked access doors for certain staff members to access only and having regular security checks carried out.

Night Shift and Lone Workers

These two groups of workers are especially vulnerable and you may need to put extra security provisions in place for them such as equipping workers with a remote control device that can activate an audible alarm if they are at risk or keeping certain doors and entrances locked that wouldn’t ordinarily be locked at other times.

Parking facilities for staff should be well lit and the route to walk to the car park should also be illuminated and provide good visibility so things like bushes and trees which could provide a useful hiding place for a would be intruder or a person intent on committing a crime should be removed. If you do employ security personnel, you may also wish to consider having one of them escort lone workers to their cars or make some other provisions to get them to and from work more safely if need be.

The list of measures you might choose to take is endless and technology in the field of personal security continues to advance at such a pace that you could be really tempted to go to extremes that would probably not be worth the money you’d spend out on it nor relevant to your business premises. Furthermore, an oversensitive nature to the whole issue of your staff’s personal security could imbue a sense of unnecessary fear and even resentment if they think their personal privacy is being compromised so your company’s security measures should be thought through carefully, whilst being compliant with the law.

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I'm working in retail as a door supervisor and one of the managers is blaming me for different reasons concerning duties that I have never been told about by the management, this misinformation is causing a bad situation after another and making the atmosphere at work really hard for me. Just wanted someone to explain to me what can I do about it. Thanks in advance.
Door supervisor - 2-Feb-20 @ 3:14 PM
Anybody can walk in and out of our hotel 24 hours a day. We have been robbed twice in the last month. My small female colleague has been assaulted by a man trying to steal guest payment information. We have no security guard on shift just 2 members of staff to manage the entire hotel for an 8 hour shift and night staff are usually entirely alone. We have broken hotel key access machine on the front of the building which the company refuses to repair due to costs. I am pregnant and I can't risk being assaulted at work. Is there anything we can do?
Hotelworker - 26-Jan-20 @ 8:39 PM
i need help with a bit more information please to complet my health and social care assiment please.
alisha - 11-Nov-16 @ 5:42 PM
We have lockers at work provided for us,recently I found someones property in there.mine had been taken out and placed in a locked draw.when I queriedthis i was told there was a mix up but they can share lockers between staff anyway,is this legal?and can they legaly take my property out?what are my rights on on my personal property at work?
Kel - 27-Oct-16 @ 7:19 PM
Recently, a member of staff had their personal belongings searched by a colleague, without their permission. Our employer has provided lockers and keys but says we have to share lockers as there are not enough to go round. Obviously we do not wish to share with someone who may search through our personal belongings. The alternative is to take everything home at the end of every shift, which just is not convenient for some who have a long way to travel. Also, as we wear a uniform, should we not be able to leave a clean/spare set just in case (hospital/caring environment)
sha shell - 25-Jul-15 @ 7:32 PM
We are about tomove offices. Our new office has lockers that are too small for all of our personal belongings - we may just be able to fit our purses and phones in them. Bags etc will have to left in a communal unsafe area out of our sight as we are not allowed to have them at our desks. What is the situation here if something goes missing?
MaggieMoon - 23-Apr-14 @ 10:54 AM
I was on a night shift in a xare home, wirh 3 others was respinsible for 40 elderly. Residents, at 111pm my colleague bought her boyfriend in, and shut herself in a room with him for 6 hours. Afew days later I reported it to the manager and I dont know what action was taken, but I bekievw she still works there. I have left the company but this still haunts me, is it against the law in the UK. ? I today reported the incident to the cqc.
tom - 8-Jul-13 @ 11:31 PM
In what ways can an internal office work space be detrimental to the health and safety of persons who are posted there
JOE - 3-Jul-13 @ 4:36 PM
I am working in the production of food and often in the room where the food is frozen, what conditions should be fulfilled when working in such spaces
joozef - 28-Jun-13 @ 11:17 PM
Violence in the workplace is a reportable accidentand as such a risk assessment is required to identify nany risk. Depending on the likelyhood of risk being high they must introduce methods to 1 remove the risk 2 if not possible reduce the risk 3 control the risk. Doing nothing is not an option
ajayuk - 11-Feb-13 @ 6:52 PM
i want to know what type of security devices used in the hotel and resturants
bob - 2-Feb-13 @ 10:09 AM
I have a question here. If I am trying to get a security placed within my workplace... is it required by law for the company I work at to do so??? We have had several incidents where staff have been harrassed, one has been assaulted, and another threatened by a man with a gun, and a knife... but, even though the company knows about these incidents... they still have done nothing about it... The police have been called in over twelve times, with four of the staff acting as witnesses in a court, and STILL nothing has been done about it... Is it required by law that they get in security??? We have female staff... and sometimes we do not get out until after dark. The chances of one of them being assaulted is quite high in the area where we live...
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