Staying Safe in the Heat
For those who work or spend a lot of time outdoors, hot weather can pose a threat to personal safety. Heat alone can be threatening, and the addition of what weather forecasters refer to as the “heat index” can make matters worse. The heat index includes all the elements that contribute to heat stress—high temperatures, humidity and direct sun exposure.
Travel Smart, Travel Safe
Travel can be an enriching and rewarding experience, and a little preparation can mean the difference between a positive and negative travel experience. In addition to clothing and other necessities, be sure to include Securitas’s core value of Vigilance on your packing list to help ensure a safer, more secure travel experience.
Security in Uncertain Times
Personal security awareness is essential in uncertain times. Awareness is a choice. One must choose to pay attention. Routine tasks often become just that: routine. Maintaining operative situational awareness requires real effort. Take time to focus on your responsibilities and your surroundings, even those that are most familiar.
Detecting Suspicious Packages
Suspicious packages could be delivered anywhere, so it is good to keep the Securitas core values of Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness in mind.
Conflict Management: Using Verbal Persuasion
Judo is the Japanese phrase for “the gentle way.” Verbal Judo can help resolve a conflict while attempting to avoid physical contact. This means not meeting “force with force,” but responding to force with calm authority.
Stress Management in an Emergency
Medical or fire emergencies are stressful environments, and stress is a natural human reaction in an emergency. However, panic and anxiety from stressors can lead to inaction and cause unnecessary distress. Knowing what to do in a stressful situation can prepare you with the information needed to stay calm and act effectively to keep yourself and your co-workers safe, and can help you make better and safer decisions about what to do.
Keys to Workplace Safety
According to OSHA statistics, slips, trips and falls (STF) are responsible for the majority of nonfatal occupational injuries nationwide. More than half of these injuries result from falls on level surfaces. Keeping an eye out for potential hazards can help create a safe work environment.
Routine Assessments for Workplace Security
While it is easy to assume that items at work are inspected and properly serviced, it is prudent to be observant and notify the appropriate point of contact if is not working or might be a hazard. Vigilant employees can be partners in maintaining a safe workplace by helping to ensure that all important safety items are in proper working order.
Cell phones and texting contribute to many accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident by 23 times. This is equivalent to driving blind for 5 seconds at a time, during which time the vehicle would travel the length of a football field, if traveling 55 miles per hour.
Responding to An Active Shooter
Active shooting has become a common cause of occupational fatalities in recent times, with instances occurring in schools, offices, shopping malls and other public places. It is essential to know how to react when you face such an incident. Being aware of safety strategies can help you not just stay safe, but also help save the lives of many. An untrained person is likely to react with fear, helplessness and panic. A trained person on the other hand, can make a big difference to himself or herself, to the people around, and to the situation.