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Andrew Allen

travel risk management

Travel Risk Management: What Your Company Needs to Know

By | Uncategorized

As a rule of thumb, the more planning something requires—the more likely it is to go wrong. Deciding on where to go for lunch? Pretty likely to go without a hitch. Planning a giant company holiday party? Not so much.

This rule goes for your company’s risk management as well. The aspects of your operations that have the most moving parts and require the most planning also have the highest potential to go wrong. Read More

social worker safety

Prioritizing Caseworker Safety: Interview with an Expert

By | Safety and Security

When most of us think about going to work, we think of desks and coffee machines and copiers. However, for many lone workers (especially social workers) the workplace looks much different. Every day, social workers in the field knock on strangers’ doors and walk into unfamiliar homes without knowing what’s inside. Just by doing their jobs, they’re putting themselves at risk on a daily basis. For this reason, organizations with lone workers across the country are looking for ways to keep them safe and connected.
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Coronavirus Business Preparation: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

By | Communications, Emergency Management, Safety and Security

At this point, everyone has heard of Coronavirus. Every day, we hear new reports of how the disease is spreading, the impact it is having abroad, and what to expect going forward.

In the sea of information regarding Coronavirus, though, it can be hard to identify what your organization can do to prepare for the spread of the disease. In this post, we will discuss the practical steps you can take today to prepare your business for the Coronavirus. Read More

Location Based Alerts

Using Location Based Alerts in Emergency Situations

By | Communications, Emergency Management

When a business’s administrators are communicating with their employees during a crisis, it’s important they have all the tools necessary to ensure quick, accurate, and easy transmission of alerts. One of the most powerful tools included in modern mass communication systems is location-based alerts, which include GPS tracking, map views, and functions like geofencing.

Location is a primary factor in determining who is at risk in an emergency, so being able to receive and send that information is critical in a wide variety of events. Read More

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Why A Panic Button App Isn’t Enough

By | Safety and Security

Lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, home healthcare providers, service techs, and parole officers are vulnerable to various dangers on the job. Isolation, unknown clients, and entering dangerous environments are a few of the risks they face.

Organizations have a moral and legal responsibility to keep those workers safe and informed. While a panic button app checks some boxes for management (convenient, cheap, and low tech), there are a number of drawbacks.

If protecting your lone workers is a top concern, it’s important to learn more about these problematic solutions. Read More

OSHA violations

How to Prevent the Top 10 OSHA Violations

By | Safety and Security

Safety is the first priority for any company that seeks to protect employees and customers. Knowing the hazards that exist in workplace offices, equipment, and machinery is the first step toward preventing injury or even death.

The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) publishes a list of its most frequently cited violations in the workplace. By examining this list, employers can analyze the dangers inherent in their workplaces and plan to avoid them. Each of these hazards may not apply to every business, so take an all hazards approach to plan for the primary risks facing your company. Read More

all hazards approach

Be Prepared for Anything: The All Hazards Approach

By | Emergency Management

The worst time to think about emergency planning is when the threat of an emergency looms over your business. When that happens, no business owner is glad they pushed off emergency planning “to Q1” or the hazy future: “We’ll get to that later.”

A better way for businesses to prepare is with the “all-hazards” approach to emergency planning. The all-hazards approach is defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as an “integrated approach to emergency preparedness planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters.” Read More

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5 Non-Emergency Uses For Your Notification System

By | Communications

When you hear the word “emergency,” what do you think of? Perhaps an active shooter in the workplace. Or an incoming Category 3 hurricane. Those types of emergencies—the ones that show up on any 24/7 news channel—are real and substantial risks that your organization needs to be prepared for.

From a business perspective, you need to broaden your perspective for what qualifies as an “emergency.” The reality is there are many threats to business continuity that will never show up on the news.

Consider the broad set of business-critical activities—and the ways your emergency communication system can help you keep them running smoothly. Read More

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The Many Hazards of Winter Weather To Businesses

By | Safety and Security

Winter conjures up images of gently falling snow, cozy indoor gatherings, and a parade of holidays. But the advent of winter also brings up a more ominous association: the hazards that can impact any business due to extreme winter weather. The CDC reports that winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat. Businesses in different climates might face various levels of winter intensity, but an all-hazards approach should take into account these hazards for most businesses. Read More