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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risk intelligence

Risk Intelligence: How to Boost Your Company’s “RQ”

By | Emergency Management

Whether you know yours or not, everyone knows what IQ is. A high IQ score can be a source of bragging rights, or a qualification for membership in societies like Mensa. The lesser-known sibling of IQ is EQ, or “Emotional Quotient,” which is a measure of emotional intelligence.

What you might not have heard of before, though, is RQ—a measure of risk intelligence. Unlike IQ or EQ, RQ measures the “Risk Quotient” of organizations, not individuals. In this article, we will discuss what risk intelligence is and how you can boost your company’s RQ. Read More

business pandemic planning

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

emergency hotline monitoring

Announcing: AlertMedia’s US-Based, 24/7 Emergency Hotline

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Unplanned emergencies, such as operational breakdowns, workplace violence, and systems outages can occur at any time–day or night. While many organizations have someone in charge of employee safety and business continuity, those people cannot be available 24/7 to initiate a response to every emergent threat and event.

Today, AlertMedia announced the formal launch of our 24/7 employee emergency hotline. This expanded offering provides organizations with a dedicated phone number their employees can use to seek help and quickly report emergencies and business-critical events—anywhere, any time.

After an initial rollout of this service received overwhelmingly positive feedback from companies like BPX Energy, SAC Wireless, and T2 Biosystems, we’re now expanding this offering to the rest of our market and customer base.  Read More

Lone Worker Risks

Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

By | Safety and Security
In January of 2014, a social worker in North Carolina began working with a male client. It became clear the client was resistant to her services—he was verbally aggressive on multiple occasions. For a home visit, she brought a peer with her as a safety measure. Despite this precaution, a confrontation occurred inside the client’s home, and he blocked the front door.

After a 15-minute ordeal, the social worker was able to maneuver her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the client lunged after her and shoved her off the front deck. Only later would she learn the extent of her injuries, both physical and emotional. Read More

panic button app

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

business threat assessment

Four Steps to Conduct a Business Threat Assessment

By | Emergency Management

If there’s one thing that is certain in business, it’s uncertainty. No matter how foolproof your project plan is, or how airtight your corporate strategy is, you will be forced to confront uncertain situations. To put it simply: you need to be ready for the wide array of threats that can impact operations and employee safety.

This is where business threat assessment comes in. Although you cannot predict which threats will impact your locations and assets, a business threat assessment ensures that you will be prepared for whichever threats do arise.

You can never completely eliminate risks and threats, but you can bring them to a level that is acceptable to your organization.

Here are the four steps your organization should take: 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