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Security Training As A Necessity For All Employees

In today’s corporate environment, the question of the type of security that is necessary for a particular office space can be highly debatable based on several factors. Location, accessibility to public foot traffic, type of business conducted, number of employees, etc. are just a few of the factors to consider when deciding what security procedures need to be put in place. The one thing that cannot be undervalued is the ability of employees to be able to handle emergency situations without the need of specialized security positions. Hiring security personnel should not be overlooked in locations where the likelihood of incidents may occur, but how effective will a single security guard be in an emergency situation?

In many situations, locations will find the need for a single security guard to handle anything from a single office space to a business complex with several office spaces. With the increase of space and the number of employees, the responsibility for that security guard also increases. At any rate, this reality increases the need for all employees to receive a level of training provided in the SIMPAL Method, which allows practitioners to understand the signs of a threat and know what to do in the event of an emergency. The likelihood of a single security guard being able to respond and handle a situation in a timely manner is rather low compared to the response time of fellow employees who are already in the direct vicinity.

In most business locations, medical emergencies are the most likely occurrence security personnel will have to respond to. That makes it crucially important the security agency contracted to supply guards provides or mandates their guards to receive medical training. For medical emergencies such as a heart attack to trauma caused by a physical attack, the best chance the victim has for survival is the quick response of the people directly around them. Response time of treatment for a victim has a direct correlation in their survival rate. By offering training in first aid, CPR, and AED use to all employees, the first responders to any emergency will have the knowledge to provide the most pivotal care when the victim needs it, until a higher level of care can take over. By empowering employees with the knowledge to handle emergency situations it also helps alleviate the added responsibility for security personnel who may not always be in position to respond promptly and provide the highest level of care needed.

For all other security matters, it comes down to the level of training in assessing threats in real-time. Again, it becomes crucial to contract with a security company who places value in this training for their guards. As it is impossible for a single security guard to be everywhere at any given time, just like for medical matters, all employees should also receive training in a threat assessment methodology such as the SIMPAL Method. As discussed with medical response, responding to security threats also is most successfully done by the people who are able to identify the signs of a threat first. It is crucially important to emphasize the ability to identify the signs of a threat as early as possible to eliminate the potential of harm before it happens.

When reviewing case studies of violent encounters in the workplace, there are nearly always indicating signs of a threat before an attack occurs. Sometimes the signs present themselves hours, days, weeks, or even months before the attack, but in nearly all instances if the pre incident indicators were acknowledged instead of ignored, the attack may have been prevented. A training program such as the SIMPAL Method, gives people a process to follow in identifying and understanding how certain behaviors might lead to a threat of physical harm. Since early identification is key, it is usually the employee who first notices a difference in her cube-mate's behavior after they are dealing with financial issues or friction with a fellow employee. If the employee doesn’t understand the behavior changes and the signs of a developing threat, it won’t be until after the attack occurs that people will connect the dots to the pre incident indicators.

The goal should always be to get ahead of any potential for harm by early identification and response. Through training for all employees, not just a chosen few, does a company really provide the safest environment possible. The goal shouldn’t be to expect all employees to respond in a time of crises, but to empower them to respond if necessary. By providing the tools to empower anyone willing to be a guardian of their peers and their own safety, companies ultimately provide a safer environment for all who enter that space.

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