Work Place Security

When looking into security in the work place, it is important that certain steps are taken to ensure that not only the people are safe, but also the good and the building its self.

Building & Security Hazards

The building

There are many ways to securing a building. The most common of these it to have controlled access systems where by only members of staff and thos trusted with a code are able to enter. Aonther level above this, is biometric access security systems where retina scans and finger prints are needed for access. The second most common is visual, with the use of security cameras yu han help to not only identify any criminal activity, it can also expose week points and aid with the catching and convicting of criminals. These can also be used as a deterrant to theifs to put them off stealing or damdging an building where they are liekly to be caught, however on some occasions this can also become a target. By installing heavy security measures, you are also sending the message that you have lots of valuable equipment. Another effective deterrant can be alarms and high frequency sounds. These are mainly used to deter young people as the frequency cannot be picked up by most adults. There are also things that are much more heavy duty such as scanners and metal detectors, but these are more appropirate for buildings such as warehouses. It is also possible to have reinforced doors & windows.

Transport and outdoor places

It is always advsiable to store good and equipment indoors over night, and while we understand that for many businesses this can be quite time consuming and they would often prefer to invest in security for thier vehicles. If this is the case, we would still again advise that the van or vehicle be kept somewhere secure such as a garrage or portected car park.

For business owners that have no choice but to face parking on a drive or the side of a road, it is vital the you seek advice from a vehicle storage security expert. They can help protect your van from being stolen or broken into, limit the amount of time a thief has to escape and gather evidence to identfy and track the criminal.

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Human Hazards

Hardware and Peripherals

Equipment should be positioned based on frequency of use. For instance, a printer that is used on a daily basis should be within easy reach. If a CPU is only accessed in instances of troubleshooting, it can be placed next or under the desk. A rarely used scanner can be placed outside the working area. The homeowner should be conscious of access to trays, drives and cords when setting up hardware. Tangled cords should not take up leg room or block access to drawers.

Wires and Cables

It is advisable to contain unruly wires and care for computer equipment and media. Mailing labels should be folded back on themselves around every cord, with the wires labelled. Also, cords that connect different components to one another should be labelled, together with cords to electric supplies. Like wires can be bundled together to reduce cord clutter. For instance, one can keep stereo speaker wires with computer speaker wires.

A surge protector can be used for any delicate electronic equipment. By checking the back, the homeowner can make sure that it is a transient voltage surge protector and that it is UL listed. High-end surge protectors have in-built replaceable fuses and are capable of lasting longer than cheaper models that may not work after a huge surge.

Stacking equipment is the most efficient utilisation of space in a home office or media centre. However, the homeowner should be cautious not to stack any equipment having a venting at the top. Such equipment, like satellite receivers and amps, are likely to get too warm. Chair-leg protectors the likes of small plastic cups can be used as spacers between pieces of equipment during stacking.

It is also a good idea to set aside a paper processing area. The homeowner should create an area within the home office for papers that require immediate action.