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)
Good security measures in the workplace are important for reducing the risk of damage and injury caused by crimes such as burglary or assault.
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 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
- all staff to have a DBS check before commencing employment
- ensuring doors are closed behind you