Security Technology Executive

MAY-JUN 2018

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www. SecurityInfoWatch.com • May/June 2018 • SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE 35 Employing Monitoring and Response Centers and establishing Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or Global SOCs helps detect threats and deter crime. Photo Courtesy of Allied Universal entered a large wire mesh manufacturing machine to retrieve a fallen metal bar and was struck and killed by a part that feeds the wire into the machine's weld - ing area. One mistake can result in lost lives and jobs, halted production, fines and a sullied reputation. The employees operating the equipment in your plant are familiar with the hazards and may have some good ideas on how to make improvements. Machinery may not be functioning properly or work- stations need an ergonomic redesign. Building and maintaining a culture of safety and security requires that the communication channels remain open 24/7 and that everyone's input is solicited, valued and acted upon. Hiring Security Personnel Does hiring security personnel for the industrial sec- tor differ from other sectors? "Hiring for the industrial market requires person- nel that has more specific security background," says Brent O'Bryan, Vice President, Training & Organiza- tional Effectiveness, and Allied Universal. "Industrial security personnel require expertise in life safety and emergency management certifications including first aid and use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), chemical risk awareness, bloodborne patho- gen training , situational awareness and terrorism." Depending on an organization's security budget, leadership will either seek to onboard security pro- fessionals who have the prerequisite life safety certi- fications or will hire people without those qualifica- tions (at a lower rate) and train them on the job. In the event that the company requires armed security professionals, specific training and certification are required along with annual requalification. A major automobile manufacturer that recently on-boarded 1,500 new employees serves as an example of how out-sourcing security operations can align with time and cost efficiencies. This company's security provider built a training program for these new employees in 60 days complete with an inter- nal webpage featuring online training topics such as new employee orientation, introduction to safety, personal safety, emergency management, confined space awareness, fire safety and more. When building a security force, the company will need to decide whether it will comprise in-house or out- sourced talent or combination of the two. The benefits of outsourcing security officers or operating a proprietary force vary dependent upon the nature and situation of your organization. Contract advan- tages include reduced administrative costs, ability to scale security resources quickly and easily, access to training and specific supplier benefits, economies Building an effective world- class manned protection force for the industrial sector requires industry knowledge, continual planning and training and oversight. Image Courtesy of BigStock.com

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