General Safety Practices
The general principles of safety are to be observed by all employees while on-duty. Security guards are required to be alert and to be able to recognize possible danger and take the appropriate action to prevent injury to themselves and others. One of the primary duties of an officer is to provide for the safety of others. This is done by recognizing situations that can cause harm and rectifying them.
A security officer watches for:
An accident will be defined as an incident in which a person or property becomes injured or damaged as the result of the non-intentional actions of another or oneself.
Anytime a accident occurs that has caused harm or has the potential to cause harm to a persons or property it must be reported to a supervisor immediately. Failure to report an accident will result in disciplinary action. When an accident has occurred, the employee will contact his/her supervisor and make a report of the accident the employee will then fill out an employee report detailing the accident and how it happened. Once the employee has completed the employee incident report, it will be forwarded to the operations department for review. After a review has been made of the accident, the employee will be notified of the findings.
Reporting Accidental Injuries While On-Duty
In the event that an employee is injured while on-duty, he/she will immediately notify the shift supervisor and communications center (dispatch) about the injury, its severity and any need for medical aid. If an employee is unable to communicate the severity, the security guard can simply call, “Officer needs emergency assistance,” and the communications center will dispatch all available security officers to that location. Once an employee reports an injury, the shift supervisor will respond to the post and verify the injury and relieve the employee if necessary. If an employee is injured, he/she will complete all required Department of Labor and Industry forms as well as an employee-incident report prior to the end of the shift. In the event that an employee is unable to file the appropriate forms and reports due the severity of the injury, that guard will have time provided to them to complete the necessary forms and reports. If the employee is unable to write because of the injury, he/she may give a verbal statement and verify the information before it is submitted.
A duty of all security guards will be to perform safety inspections of their assigned posts. The inspections will be noted in their logs and inform management of possible safety and fire hazards they may otherwise be unaware of.
The need for effective lighting is essential for security operations. All security officers assigned to these post with exterior lighting will make note of all burned-out lights during their tour of duty. These lighting reports will be included in the site log for the property management to address. Officers will inspect non-functioning light standards for signs of vandalism and damage and make note of these checks.
Guard Security has special requirements for security officers assigned to certain posts. Some posts require that officers wear soft body armor and that some carry blood-borne pathogen kits and first aid pouches. This equipment will be denoted for those officers assigned to special post
Soft Body Armor
All officers assigned to post where the wearing of body armor has been advised, will wear their issued body armor under all circumstances while on-duty. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action up to reassignment. Officers will not use their issued soft body armor for personal use, unless the officer owns it.
Body armor is not provide by Guard Security unless required by the client. All personnel wishing to procure armor may purchase the armor with an Guard Security finance program, where the cost of the armor is deducted from the employee's pay over a period of six months
Latex Examination Gloves
All officers of Guard Security will carry while on-duty at least one (1) pair of high risk latex examination gloves. These gloves will be worn any time officer encounter any type of biohazard, to include: blood, fecal matter, urine, narcotics paraphernalia, persons of questionable health or hygiene and any unknown substance that may be toxic or hazardous to humans.
Security Guards assigned to post were the possibility of rendering first aid exist will be issued a bio-hazard kit that will include: latex examination gloves, one way valve CPR mask, antimicrobial towelette and bio-hazard disposal bag.
Guards who are assigned to areas with high narcotics activity will be provided with a sharps container for the safe disposal of needles and syringes. Officers will use the utmost caution when handling bio-hazard material.
Blood-borne pathogens are biological viruses and diseases that are carried in the blood and transferable through contact with bodily fluids.
Some of the more famous pathogens are HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C, Rabies Tuberculosis, Hanta virus and Ebola. It is very important that officers understand that exposure to persons with infectious illnesses is not fatal to them and that, by using protective measures and caution, security guards can avoid infection.
All security officers are encouraged to always take the maximum amount of precautions in any situation involving contact with high risk persons or objects. Officers should always wear their high risk disposable gloves when encountering these types of persons or objects. After any contact with high risk persons or objects, officers should immediately decontaminate themselves by washing their hands with an antimicrobial soap or using a antimicrobial towelette to clean up. Cleaning any exposed equipment that may have come in contact during operations is likewise necessary. After any incident where physical contact has been made, officers should inspect themselves for any abrasions, lacerations and punctures. These should be reported to and inspected by medical personnel to ensure your health. All of the protective equipment in the world will not replace your common sense in situations involving blood-borne pathogens and contamination.
Security patrol cars are for official use only and not for personal use. All employees who use a company vehicle for official use will follow the policy set forth in this section
Operations of Company Vehicles
All Guard Security vehicles are to be operated in safe manner with adherence to all motor vehicle laws and ordinances of the designated state and the government of the United States. Employees will obey all posted speed limits and traffic controls while operating company vehicles.
Use of Safety Equipment
While operating company vehicles, all employees will use all safety restraints (seatbelts while the vehicle is in motion. All employees who operate company vehicles will familiarize themselves with all safety equipment on the vehicle to include airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and safety cutoff switch for fuel system.