For those readers that have not followed the complete thread of my safety and security articles over the last five months (or so) you may not have realised that there was some modicum of logic and order in which they were presented. As part of a larger consideration, and if you get the chance, it may be worth getting hold of previous editions in either hard copy or online.
For those of you that have been with me for the ride thus far, I admire your dogged tenancy!
Up until this point we have focused on getting all the right elements in place to ensure that security and safety form a vital part of the structure and culture of any successful organisation.
We have assessed, reviewed, approved, established, implemented and managed. We now need to ensure that the systems and processes we have in place are properly maintained.
There should already be a number of checks and balances built in to the Security and Safety Plan that you have put together, and an internal audit and compliances process to make sure what has been done is effective and correct.
Looking to the future we may need to identify, in advance, the potential business challenges and opportunities that could require adjustments to the day-to-day operations, the budgetary requirements and your security structure as a whole.
One way this can be achieved is to establish a Security Co-ordination Committee that would meet every quarter or so to discuss your existing security arrangements in relation to any forthcoming plans, and the way these plans might affect both internal and external threat levels.
This committee would specifically focus on security and safety issues and therefore the make-up of the group would need to reflect this. In addition to the Security Manager, representatives from property and premises management, IT, risk, audit and HR departments should all be considered for inclusion. To ensure effective decision making and optimum communication we would strongly advise the COO (or his equivalent) lead the meeting.
Such a committee would also provide a platform for the security manager to raise any points or thoughts that would be useful for senior management to be aware of. In my experience, the establishment of such a committee has always been a successful option, and if done correctly, it can pay real dividends, in so many ways, further down the road.
Whilst I will continue to identify relevant and hopefully interesting topics within the security and safety sphere, what I would also like to hear from you dear reader, is what questions, concerns and issues would you like to see addressed within the constraints of this column?
Feel free to drop me an email using the below address and I will try and introduce these topics as and when I can. Thank you – I look forward to hearing from you.