Top 5 ways to keep your business and team safe
Updated: Jul 23
Regardless of what kind of business you operate, one of your primary responsibilities is to keep your assets and your team safe – especially preventing the occurrence of any kind of work-related injury or complication. How can you do this? Read on for our 5 ways to keep your business and team safe.
Risk management & assessments play an integral role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your workers. A risk assessment isn’t about creating a huge mound of paperwork for you to fill out, but rather about identifying measures that your business can take to control the risks inherent in your particular workplace. In short, it is an examination of a business that addresses the following questions:
What can cause injury or harm?
Can we eliminate these hazards or risks?
What control measures can we put in place to mitigate hazards that we can’t eliminate?
According to Safe Work Australia, eliminating and controlling workplace risk also helps to “foster innovation and improve the quality and productivity of work”. As a PCBU (Person Conducting Business or Undertaking), it’s your legal responsibility to take reasonable care of your employees’ and customers’ health and safety at the workplace. A properly conducted threat and risk assessment can help you achieve this.
Static Security Officers
When it comes to protecting your business, one way to effectively deter potential crime is to have physical security systems on-site. Static Security Officers are only one of many different types of steps you can have to protect your business. Not only does static officers help to protect against unauthorised access, but it also reduces the likelihood of dangerous behaviour, damage and theft. Remember: security officers aren’t just onsite to safeguard a business’ premises and its assets; they’re also specifically trained to de-escalate potential violent or dangerous situations. Apart from added security, uniformed guards can also become a valuable part of your customers’ experience. Static officers helps to create a secure presence inside and outside the business, increasing peace of mind for your patrons. By hiring professional security personnel from organisations like ANSIC, you can ensure that you minimise external threats before they can become genuine problems.
One of the most cost-effective ways to keep your business and team safe is to install a CCTV monitoring system. Among the many advantages of having CCTV installed on your premises is its ability to deter crime. The mere sight of a CCTV camera and its accompanying signage signals to anyone planning on carrying out a crime that they are being watched and that their actions will be caught. Having a CCTV system can also provide valuable evidence of a crime, should one occur on your business premises, giving you a better understanding of exactly what may have happened. Having a visual record available will help to confirm intricate details of the crime – such as the time of the event, location and (most importantly) suspects.
Alarm monitoring system
If you’re aiming to improve your business’ security, an intruder alarm system is essential. Apart from being another visible deterrent, it acts as a vital protection component for your business assets. If someone does break into your premises, the alarm system will detect the intruder and alert a nominated security service or police unit to investigate. This type of service can be incredibly useful for businesses located in more isolated areas, where nearby residents or workers may not hear a simple alarm. ANSIC’s alarm monitoring service operates 24/7 and is locally operated, ensuring peace of mind for you and your stakeholders. In the event of an intrusion, the alarm notifies our purpose built control room. Once we’ve confirmed a break-in, we’ll contact you and dispatch either an ANSIC Patrol Officer or contact the nearest police unit to investigate.
Real-time security reporting
From terrorist threats to workplace injuries, there’s never been a more important time to invest in an incident notification platform that works to protect your staff and building occupants in real-time. SOS-2-US is a newly developed mobile app that delivers custom, instant notifications to relevant emergency departments – enabling onsite teams to save time, and potentially lives, all at the press of a button.
SOS-2-US can respond to the following reports: Urgent Threats
Active armed shooters;
Fire, bomb threats or explosions;
Hostile vehicles; or
Domestic violence incidents;
Theft or fraud;
Drug or alcohol activity;
Bullying and harassment;
Workplace safety issues; or
Suspicious persons or packages;
As a PCBU, it’s your obligation to safeguard people onsite. By investing in a real-time security reporting system, like SOS-2-US, you can help to protect your staff by quickly alerting external stakeholders and emergency services to potential and immediate threats within your building.