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Andrew Allen

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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

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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

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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

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Four Steps To Prepare Your Business For Winter

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Winter may conjure up imagery suitable for a Norman Rockwell painting: sitting by the fire with a hot drink in hand, enjoying the twinkling lights and decorations, and watching through the window as snowflakes drift lazily through the air. But the reality is that the business impact of winter weather is anything but idyllic.

The economic impact of a simple snowstorm can be upwards of $1 billion. And it’s not just companies in the path of those epic nor’easters that need to take heed. Last winter, unusually cold weather as far south as Florida even caused several theme parks to close. Read More

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Active Shooter Preparedness: 5 Steps Every Business Can Take

By | Safety and Security

It’s a scenario no business wants to think about: an active shooter or violent offender on the premises. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. According to the FBI, these individuals do not necessarily have to yield a gun but could alternatively involve driving a car into a crowd. From 2000 to 2017, there were 250 active shooter incidents in the United States. These horrific acts of violence took place across many industries and geographic locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 alone saw 500 workplace homicides in the U.S. Read More

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How to Conduct a Fire Drill at Work

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

 No one expects to have a fire or other disaster at work, but they happen every day in office buildings across the country. We like to think of our workplaces as predictable outposts full of copiers, Keurig machines, and maybe a few too many meetings. But the truth is that when a fire breaks out, employees’ lives can be on the line. You and your company’s leaders need to be familiar with how to conduct a fire drill at work. By scheduling regular fire drills, your company can plan for a potential fire and prepare employees to exit the building safely.

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How to Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Business

By | Emergency Management

When a fire threatens your employees and business, chaos and confusion can reign.

Construction fires often move so quickly that workers are forced to do what they can to survive. When an office tower in Sydney, Australia caught fire earlier this year, construction workers on scaffolding had to scramble to safety when the exterior of the building was transformed into a wall of flames.

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