Establish Safety Procedures
The first step is to establish an office safety plan that is communicated to all employees on a regular basis and establishes procedures for handling acts of violence such as evacuation routes, contacting authorities and ways to approach or retreat from an attacker. Employees should know how to contact local enforcement, how to administer CPR and first aid and know an evacuation plan for violent attacks.
The second step in ensuring employee safety during a violent or terrorist attack is to practice the attack in mock simulation with the assistance of trained responders such as police, army representatives such as ROTC, veteran army officers or any coach trained in self-defense that can teach employees steps for protecting themselves and those around them. In addition to learning self defense practices, employees should practice how to react during an attack such as hide in safe place, run to designed exits and possible ways to disarm an attacker.
The number one way to stay safe is by consistently being vigilant of your surroundings, constantly questioning your environment and be quick to react. Keeping up a sense of awareness will keep you prepared when trouble arises and give you an opportunity to react quickly.
An employer needs to establish an proper reporting procedure through HR to ensure that employees can communicate anything they feel is suspicious or unsafe. Keeping the lines of communication open creates an environment where employees feel safe speaking out. When employees feel safe communicating their concerns with HR or another appointed representative then issues can be dealt with prior to becoming full blown and possibly thwart milacious plans that could be taken too far. Likewise, employees need to listen to their gut and make a report when they question anything out of place in the workplace or with their co-workers. It is better to make a report and be wrong then to keep quiet and be wrong.
Office Security Products
Installing proper security features at any size office is an essential security barrier to prevent attackers from entering the building. All offices benefit from security protection installations. Access control systems with employee key cards will prevent unauthorized attackers into buildings and slow down any attacker attempting to gain access to an office. Security cameras act as deterrents preventing crime before it happens and provide security guards an eye on the premise they are protecting. Smaller offices benefit form security cameras when they maintain their own footage with 24/7 live feeds of their locations providing a eye on who is coming in and out of their office. Security alarm systems will not prevent an attacker from entering a building, but do offer a line of communication to emergency responders at the touch of a button. Security hold-up buttons can be installed under desk or through pendant giving employees a one-touch solution for contacting 911.
In our modern world, the truth is a threat lurks around every corner and our best tactic is to remain aware of our surroundings and people in our daily life without becoming lazy or falling under the belief that all these violent attacks happen to others not us. Knowing how to react in a terrorist or violent threat at your office will save your life and the lives of those around you. I f your employee doesn’t currently have a safety plan at your office, speak up and help him devise one. Taking charge of your own personal safety will prevent you from becoming a victim. We all have the power to protect ourselves, to speak up when we know something isn’t right and to step up to help prevent more violence from harming our lives. Terrorism might be part of our daily truth, but together we can stand strong to put an end to it.