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The risk of violence comes in a variety of different forms. Following September 11, 2001 threats escalated to use of potentially harmful chemical and biological agents, directed targets of violence, bomb threats and an increase in threats against businesses. The ASSE survey also revealed that 74% of 750 respondents had not under-gone any formal risk assessment or management of potential for violence in workplace. To keep it simple and for a later discussion, if you work in an electrical or gas plant you should know risks.
What Others Are Saying About Workplace Security...
The landscape of workplace security has changed following September 11, 2001 and subsequent threats. Once relegated to back room of IT and facility management departments, corporate security issues have risen to such prominence over past three years that security concerns now have truly become corporate concerns. Robert Hahn, VP, Strategy & Secure Mail for Pitney Bowes Management Services, asks, "how does one calculate loss to a company if an office building is shut down for two to three days due to a false alarm?". For example, to clean buildings like in case of two Anthrax infected Post Offices on east coast required $150 million dollars and 30 months-time during which facilities were shut down to all but clean up crews and law enforcement, said, Robert Hahn. The threat is real along with a host of other potential threats; Terrorist demands, Business discontinuance, Theft of sensitive data and intellectual property, malicious computer viruses and intranet attacks, Key personnel taken hostage, Travel security concerns and Sabotage by disgruntled employee.
In a July 2004 on-line survey conducted by Pitney Bowes, they asked participants to define what term "security" meant to them. 89% of 409 respondents viewed security in broad based terms: protecting company information, protecting business systems and competitive intelligence. Between 65 - 71% viewed security as issues of physical and people security and privacy of employee information. Only 31% believed that their security was connected to neighboring facilities, roads or telecommunication systems. The responses in this particular survey correspond to ASSE Survey wherein 44% or 335 of 750 respondents said they had established or changed emergency response procedures. I can not reflecting on my age old adage that "Security is everyone's business and that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure".
Felix P. Nater is the President of Nater Associates, Ltd. a Security Management Consulting Practice specializing in Workplace Violence Prevention and Security Awareness Issues.