You are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of your workers.
One way of safeguarding your staff is to carry out a risk assessment and then take action to reduce the chances of those risks actually arising. Such action may include introducing monitoring technology, eg CCTV surveillance.
Situations that pose risks to your staff
Examples of situations where the safety and security of your staff may be at risk include:
- lone working - see ensure lone workers' safety
- handling cash
- bank runs
- late-night working
- getting home safely
- business travel to certain cities or countries
- mobile working - eg drivers, sales representatives
- access to commercially sensitive information
Managing risks to your staff
Once you have assessed the risks to your workers, you should assign someone to implement any measures you need to take to reduce those risks.
For example, you could consider:
- installing CCTV surveillance in appropriate locations
- providing any appropriate training - eg personal safety training
- getting the latest information on the place a member of staff is planning to go on business
- having a policy where necessary - eg on how you may help staff get home if they finish working late at night or on what staff should do if they are physically threatened or attacked - see set up workplace monitoring policies
You should review your risk assessments and safety policies regularly. See business security: protecting staff.
If you employ security staff, they should have suitable training. Give security passes to your staff and train them to challenge unfamiliar visitors.
If a member of staff becomes a victim of crime while at work - eg they are assaulted:
- report the incident to the police
- record the incident
- take steps to prevent similar incidents in the future
See PSNI guidance on how to protect your staff.