Even with growing awareness around risks in the workplace, companies remain unprepared when it comes to emergencies, a new survey found.
Corporate safety and security, employee safety, physical plant security, IT security and business continuity, managers identified factors driving corporate safety and security decision making, according to the report entitled “Trends in Corporate Security” by Rave Mobile Safety.
“The results of this survey highlight the work that must still be done across corporations to better protect employees during emergencies,” said Todd Piett, president and chief executive of Rave Mobile Safety. “Organizations continue to face threats from medical emergencies to weather events and prepping with emergency plans, safety technology and clear management roles appear to be clear missing pieces for our respondents.”
Unpreparedness may lie in the fact corporations have not chosen a singular department to lead their safety procedures.
The responsibility for business and employee safety lies with a number of different departments, with corporate security (51 percent), facility security (39 percent) and human resources (30 percent) selected most frequently by respondents, the report said.
Within those departments, 28 percent of companies do not have a single person in charge of corporate security and six percent of those companies the ownership is completely unclear.
Along with confusion over department responsibility and lack of management of safety/security programs, emergency plans are not standard amongst the respondents of the survey. Of the current emergencies affecting safety/security today, companies were most unprepared for situations involving an active shooter (25 percent). Emergency plans were also not standard for medical emergencies (18 percent), natural disasters (12 percent) and fires (8 percent).
More than half of respondents said employee awareness and training (58 percent) was their biggest safety/security challenge. Even further, smaller companies (2,500 or fewer employees) indicated a higher instance of this challenge, with 71 percent indicating employee awareness and training as their biggest challenge.
In addition, when it comes to communications, mass notification was still not adopted by 21 percent of respondents. Companies are also failing to utilize multiple methods of communication during emergencies. Email (21 percent), text (20 percent), voice calls (21 percent), building alarms (20 percent) and social media (65 percent) are currently not being utilized by respondents as a form of communication during emergencies.
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