This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 13.8a Describe the measures that are designed to protect their own security at work, and the security of those they support (Care Certificate, Standard 13: Health and safety)
- 8.2 Implement measures to protect own security and the security of others in the work setting (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Health, safety and wellbeing in care settings)
- 8.2 Use measures to protect own security and the security of others in the work setting. (Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, Promote health, safety and wellbeing in care settings)
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Good security measures in the workplace are important for reducing the risk of damage and injury caused by crimes such as burglary or assault. As well as protecting staff, they also protect the individuals that are receiving care, who may be particularly vulnerable.
Your employer will have agreed ways of working that are designed to protect the security of employees and the people that they support. It is important that you understand and implement them into your day to day practice.
Some examples of security measures at your workplace could be:
- all visitors to report to reception, sign the visitors book and be issued with an ID badge
- unidentified persons on the premises to be challenged by staff or reported to a manager
- use of security or surveillance equipment such as CCTV
- paper-based confidential information to be stored in locked cabinets/behind locked doors
- digital-based confidential information to be stored on secure computers with the latest antivirus software and behind a firewall
- only authorised persons to access confidential information e.g. keyholders (paper) or using a password (digital)
- money and bankcards to be kept in a secure location
- biometric or PIN-based door locks – codes to be changed regularly
- check that doors and windows are locked, especially at night-time. Also ensure gates, bins and out-buildings.
- all staff to have a DBS check before commencing employment
- ensuring doors are closed behind you
- inventory of all individual’s valuables to be completed and protocol in place for if items go missing
- employees to attend security and confidentiality training
- closing the curtains at night so potential intruders cannot see into the premises
- reporting any faults with security equipment
- when working at night, arrive and leave with another person and keep to well-lit areas
- have a clear closing-down procedure at the end of the day so that nothing is missed
If you are lone working, it is important that you ensure that others are aware of your whereabouts, including when you are leaving, where you are going and your expected return time.