Four precautions you must take if your business activities put your employees at risk of a terror attack
Hire security guards
Security is an important part of protecting your employees from this kind of danger. Your security company must train all its guards in hand-to-hand combat and gun handling.
This way, if someone tries to carry out a terror attack in your office, your guard could take on the attacker.
Your security company should also offer a fast reacting armed response unit. So your office security guards can call for back up in a deadly situation.
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Access control system
Have an access control system that only lets people into your office if they have an access tag or code.
If a stranger comes to your office, they must stay outside until someone can verify who they are and why they're there.
Install security cameras in and around your office. This way, you can see if there are any suspicious people near your office. If you see anyone like this, alert the police and your security company.
Make sure you have a way to record the footage from your security cameras so you can show the police what you saw.
Create a panic room
A panic room will keep your employees safe if there's an attack on your workplace. And it doesn't have to be a steel reinforced room with 30cm thick metal doors either. Simply replace all your windows with bullet-proof glass and replace the doors with reinforced fire doors. This will create a safe zone for your employees. This means everyone will be safe until your security guards can deal with the situation.
It's important to remember that not all workplace dangers are direct like machinery or electrical work. Indirect hazards, such as angry people who want to hurt your company for what it does, are much harder to predict or control.
That's why these extra precautions are so important if, like Charlie Hebdo, your employees' lives are in danger because of what your company does.
Remember, an evacuation plan is also an important part of dealing with emergencies like this. Check out the Fire Safety Toolkit
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