The Integrity News
Vol. XI No. 28
October 22, 2002
October 22, 2002
"Firms nationwide ponder security
amid Sniper, terror attacks."
"In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks,
many of the nation's businesses
implemented increased security measures
such as requiring employees to show
identification, conducting evacuation
drills and screening mail." After a few
months, they began to get complacent.
Now, however, with the D.C. Sniper,
the Bali bombings, and other terrorist
attacks, they are again re-thinking their
Below are some "security precautions
for businesses ---
1. Use picture or other positive identification
cards for employees.
2. Reduce the number of entrances into the
3. Require visitors to sign in upon entry and
make sure an authorized employee accompanies
them during their visit.
Emergency Evacuation Drills:
1. Conduct drills periodically, under a variety
2. Assign, in advance, specific gathering places
for evacuated employees to meet.
3. Designate and train employees on each floor
or area to coordinate the evacuation drill and
report on results.
1. Educate employees — especially managers
and supervisors — about what constitutes
2. Provide an unbiased and confidential method
for employees to report harassment.
3. Always follow up on reports and respond
1. Train managers and supervisors on "warning
signs" that potentially violent persons may exhibit,
such as significant changes in personality, personal
care, personal habits and appearance, as well as
in social interaction.
2. Carefully control access to workplace facilities
to employees and authorized visitors.
3. Provide vulnerable employees (receptionists,
customer relations representatives and others that
have front-line visibility with the public) with a
discreet way for alerting help, such as a hidden
4. Do not tolerate violence of any kind — verbal
and physical threats or destruction of property.
1. Screen mail for proper return address; be wary
of mail with odors and/or noise.
2. Instruct employees to refuse delivery of any
3. Centralize your mail-handling facility and locate
it away from other work areas."