You work hard to take care of your business day in, day out, so it’s important to make sure that you aren’t missing anything that could be compromising the security of your business and the building that you work from.
We may think our businesses are as safe and secure as they could be, but criminals are always evolving and developing new ideas that may be putting the security of your business at risk.
To ensure you’ve got all the measures in place to keep your business as safe and secure as you possibly can, here are five safety and security features that each and every business needs.
Access Control Systems
You don’t want just anybody to have access to your company building. While having a receptionist at your front desk may be able to catch out some unwanted visitors who may try to sneak through without signing in or stating the reason for their visit, this is never exactly foolproof.
In order to limit access of your building – and certain smaller areas within it – to your team and selected trusted visitors, an access control system is an incredibly important tool to have in place.
These systems include simple visitor management software, coded door devices and swipe-card entry systems, all of which will keep unannounced visitors behind closed doors until you’ve verified who they are and why they are entering the building. If you’re looking for an effective way to prevent just anybody from accessing the inside of your business, access control systems are certainly the way to do it.
Suitable Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are more than likely already a mainstay of your company building, hopefully in multiple areas throughout. However, did you know that some fire extinguishers may be unsuitable for the area they are placed in or even entirely unusable?
In order to keep your fire safety measures up to date, it’s important to make sure that the fire extinguishers in place within your building are suitable for the areas they are placed in and that they do not need updating or replacing. For example, if you have a main office area within your building, there should be a CO2 fire extinguisher present, as this is the only extinguisher suitable for use on live electrical equipment. For maximum safety, there should be fire extinguishers present throughout the building where any fire risk has or may be identified.
To be safe, make sure to take a walk around your company building and double check that all areas are covered and that each fire extinguisher is suitable for use.
When you finish work and lock up your business for the day, you deserve the peace of mind that nothing might happen to compromise your business overnight.
By installing an intruder alarm system within your company building, you can rest assured that, if anyone gains entry to your business overnight, you’ll be immediately notified and be able to let the authorities know right away.
Intruder alarms also act as a deterrent in many cases – few burglars will target companies that are evidently prepared for such an eventuality, so even having an alarm installed will decrease the risk of anyone trying to gain entry unlawfully.
Intruder alarm systems can be installed to cover the entirety of your company building, being activated by motion sensors placed throughout. No part of your company building needs to be left unprotected, allowing you to rest easy each evening.
If you don’t have an intruder alarm for your business or haven’t had your current alarm tested for a while, this is certainly something to think about getting sorted as soon as you can.
Passive Fire Protection
Once a fire breaks out within a workplace, there is always one immediate objective in mind – getting all employees and personnel to safety as quickly as possible. The best way to ensure that you have plenty of time and space to do this is to install passive fire protection measures throughout your building.
Passive fire protection is designed to limit and control the spread of fire, heat and smoke throughout the company building, allowing the opportunity for anyone inside the building to evacuate safely. There are several different kinds of passive fire protection, including fire and smoke curtains, firewalls, structural steel protection, fire-proof partitioning, sealing systems and more.
When it comes to ensuring that your company and team are prepared to cope in the instance of a workplace fire, you can never be too careful – and the very same goes for the building itself.
If you’re unsure whether or not your building is equipped with passive fire protection, it’s certainly worth investing in some.
Perhaps an obvious choice and one which hopefully all businesses already have in place, CCTV systems are a key piece of equipment for keeping your business safe and secure.
CCTV systems should be placed throughout your building for maximum coverage, allowing you to keep a close eye on everything going on in your business building at all times – and don’t forget to include some exterior CCTV, too.
One of the many reasons which CCTV is so crucial in protecting your business is that it acts as both a deterrent to burglars or intruders and as a means of obtaining evidence for the authorities in the event that the security of your business is every compromised.
In order to make sure that your CCTV is working effectively, be sure to have it checked professionally whenever you can, and to check each camera on your central security monitor each day.
Get In Touch
Here at Safe And Sound, we can assist you with each and every one of the safety and security features listed above. If your business is missing any, or you’d simply like us to check that your security and safety systems are all in good order, get in touch now!
Don’t risk it – keep your business safe and secure.