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There’s Serious Substance in Strong Building Safety (Part 2)

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In a previous post, we outlined a four general ways in which personal safety can be compromised by both internal, external, and natural forces:

 

  1. Physical harm caused by the building and its utilities
  2. Disasters (natural and artificial), such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires
  3. Third-party crimes, such as theft, defacement of property, and assault
  4. Internal threats, such as coworker harassment

 

For each—even #4—strong facility management can play a key role in preventing dangerous outcomes and bolstering a sense of security for those utilizing any building. For instance:

 

In protecting tenants from the building itself, FMs should look toward proactive inspections to ensure that systems are operating efficiently and within the parameters of safe usage. It’s far better to identify a small issue than let it devolve into a huge problem—both for safety, and for building finances.

 

While disasters (especially natural disasters) are often unpredictable, steps can be taken to adequately prepare tenants with comprehensive training—such as fire, tornado, and earthquake drills. Additionally, the layout and materials used for warehousing inventory should be matched to specific geographic risks, as well as the volatility of supplies themselves.

 

Crime, too, can be mitigated through the use of properly placed surveillance, in addition to security systems that have been carefully selected according to the specific needs of a particular building. And, by understanding the risks associated with different entries and exits, facility managers can make sure that strong protocols are put in place for securing doors prior to a facility’s closing each day.

 

Internally, aggressive behaviors can often be curbed by close collaboration with HR departments, and by making sure that the building is helping to meet the specific needs of any modern workforce. Should an HR representative note that one particular employee is frequently running into conflicts with another—and that said conflicts don’t yet warrant termination—a facility manager can sometimes work to reallocate space or better divide workstations to reduce opportunity for friction.

 

For all of the above, it’s great to have a real-time, internal communications system that can quickly identify problems—via any employee—for speedy resolution. And, we recommend a service with Dynamic Geo-Messaging so that facility managers can take the guesswork out of pinpointing the exact location of said issue, thus saving time and headaches.

 

In sum, we seldom find ourselves perfectly prepared for the unexpected. However, we can help limit risk—especially for identified challenges—and ensure that cohesive protocols are put in place before disaster strikes.

 

To learn more about how a connected facility can reduce your company’s risk profile, click here and we can schedule a time to talk.

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