Think Safety, Work Safely - 6 Elements of a Good Safety Attitude

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 28, 2009 11:24:00 AM

Promoting a safe environment and preventing injury in the workplace is a top priority for all employers.  Securitas's latest Security Spotlight article, "Think Safety, Work Safely", discusses the importance of taking a proactive rather than reactive approach toward safety training.  It discusses ways to avoid slips and falls and implement a safety program within your company.  Security patrols and ongoing training for security personnel and employees are just a couple examples of how to get started. 

The article also highlights 6 fundamental elements of a good safety attitude that can direct safer work habits.

  • Awareness: Pay attention. Stay alert to the possible hazards in your work environment so that you can take steps to correct or guard against them.
  • Focus: Concentrate on the task(s) at hand. Distractions, boredom or fatigue can lead to accidents and other safety hazards.
  • Strength: Have the strength to do the right thing even when it's easier not to. Follow safety procedures and post orders completely, every time.
  • Patience: Take the time to do things correctly every time - like always buckling your seatbelt, even on quick trips. There are no shortcuts to safety.
  • Responsibility: Take responsiblity for a safe work environment to benefit yourself and others.
  • Thought: Stop to think before you act. Accidents are not always the result of bad luck. They occur when someone decides - consciously or not - to take a chance. Be smart and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

To read the complete article, visit Think Safety, Work Safely.

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Twittering With Disaster, Security Products (05/09) Vol. 13, No. 5, P. 12 ; Weadock, Megan

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 26, 2009 12:23:00 PM

Social networking is now being used by emergency preparedness and response personnel. Jeannette Sutton, a research coordinator at the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Center thinks that online information networks will change the way people communicate during disasters. Sutton began researching the role of social media in warnings and risk communications during the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. She noticed that wall posts on Facebook were sharing accurate information regarding the murders before it was released by officials. Everyone around the United States was providing information, and it was not done haphazardly. Sutton's dealings with the 2007 California wildfires showed her that the online public can actually provide accurate data. The wildfires were one of the first times that Twitter was used as a disaster communications tool. During the mishap, "citizen journalists" started posting their corrections to misinformation regarding evacuations that was being transferred from public officials. Researchers, like Sutton, are not the only ones who are noticing the social media trend. An article on examined the ways that police and fire departments are using Twitter and Facebook to provide information, such as crime tips, suspect descriptions, Amber Alerts, press releases, and road closings, to the public. Federal agencies, such as FEMA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the CDC are also utilizing social media outlets. Although officials are aware of the presence of social media, Sutton feels they could examine it more. "Officials still pay very little attention to social media," she says. "Surprisingly, we still have barriers to break with getting public officials to look at information shared in blogs, and they've been around for much longer than these other technologies. Perception is everything, really."

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Tags: Social Networking, Announcements

Securitas USA Receives Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 20, 2009 2:02:00 PM

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. has received Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award recognizing their significant contributions to Intel in 2008. Securitas USA supplies Intel with security services, deemed essential to Intel's success. Securitas USA and 25 additional suppliers are recognized as 2008 PQS award winners.

"Securitas is honored to be recognized by Intel for this award for the third consecutive year and fifth time in six years. The SCQI Program has been a great asset to us and helped position Securitas as the Premier Security Provider in the High Tech Market Segment. It has enabled our team at Intel to become a role model within our company for the development of ‘best practices' and a leader in driving global Sustainability efforts for the company," said Will Pettee, global account manager, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

"Securitas continues to demonstrate uncompromised commitment to excellence in their service delivery and key results. Innovation, efficiency, continuous improvement, and a ‘can-do' attitude are embedded in their undertakings. They are exceptionally responsive to changes in the business or risk environment, and are proactive in ensuring their services align with and anticipate evolving needs," said Steve Lund, Corporate Security director, Intel Corporation.

The PQS award is part of Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) program that encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and responsiveness goals. Suppliers must also manage and deliver on a challenging improvement plan and a quality/business systems assessment. Furthermore, the 2008 awardees had to demonstrate basic compliance to the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct and Intel's Green Sustainability Program. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at

About Securitas

Securitas is a world leader in security with 12% of the world-wide market share and 18% of the U.S. market. It has approximately 250,000 employees in more than 30 countries in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company focuses on providing security solutions that fit each customer's individual needs. Core offerings include, Specialized guarding, Mobile services, Monitoring, and Consulting and Investigation services.

Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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Free Seminar: Workplace Violence, Managing Today's Threats

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 19, 2009 4:39:00 PM

Date: 06/02/2009

1st Presentation: 7:00am - 8:45am

2nd Presentation: 9:00am - 10:45 am

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

Town Square, 6671 S. Las Vegas Blvd #300, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Incidents of workplace violence are on the rise fueled by the difficult economic climate. This in-depth seminar will address the current deadly trends emerging in today's difficult world and the methods, techniques, and technologies that can help to limit your company's exposure to liability.

This free seminar will give you the information and tools to help protect yourself, your employees and your company. There will be two sessions to choose from.  Both will last approximately 90 minutes and include time for networking. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Please RSVP by May 26, 2009 to Jason Porter at or call 702-691-3326.  The sessions will be limited to the first 90 people. When you RSVP, please indicate which session you want to attend.


Robert L. Dodge CPP, VP West Region Pinkerton C&I

Mr. Dodge has been involved in security, investigations and security consulting for nearly 18 years. His experience includes stints with a large Multinational High Tech Corporation as a Corporate Investigator. He has worked for contract investigation firms providing investigation and security consulting services on a global level to corporate clientele. His security expertise includes working with American Protective Service, and the Securitas Group. In his current role as VP Western States, he is responsible for managing Pinkerton's operations for the Western US and client needs globally. He has conducted and managed numerous Workplace Violence investigations and security details for Workplace Violence threats.  He has operated on security & investigative projects in more than 50 countries around the world. He has special expertise in corporate investigations and risk/vulnerability/threat assessments.

Tags: Workplace Violence, Announcements

10 Tips to Protect Your Home While You're on Vacation

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 13, 2009 1:20:00 PM

Summer is approaching, school is almost out and you're ready for a vacation.  Before you pack your bags and head out the door, take a minute to consider some of these quick tips to protect your home while you're away.

  1. Purchase an automatic timer for your lights, radio and television.  You want your home to appear occupied.
  2. Purchase a home alarm system and let the alarm service know you will be out of town.
  3. Make sure entrances, driveways and garage areas are well lit (sensor lighting).
  4. Ask a neighbor to watch over your home and park a vehicle in the driveway from time to time.
  5. Leave word about when you're leaving, when you'll return and how you can be reached in an emergency.
  6. Remember to have mail and newspaper deliveries stopped.
  7. Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available bars or locks or put a wooden bar in the door track.
  8. Make sure windows, especially at ground level, have good locks.
  9. Don't keep spare keys under door mats or in flower pots.  Instead, leave them with a trusted neighbor.
  10. Photograph valuables as record for insurance purposes.

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May 14 - Commercial Real Estate Expo, Kansas City

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 8, 2009 11:58:00 AM

Come visit the Securitas booth at the 2009 Commercial Real Estate Expo sponsored by The Kansas City chapters of BOMA, IFMA, IREM and the U.S. Green Building Council.

This show will benefit anyone who manages, maintains, operates, plans, administers contracts or oversees any aspect of commercial properties and facilities. Last year's event featured 111 booths and over 350 attendees.

May 14


Union Station

Kansas City, MO


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CERT: Doing the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 4, 2009 3:52:00 PM

"Earthquakes. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Wildfires. Every region of the country is vulnerable to one or more destructive forces of nature. Add to the list man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks, environmental incidents, blackouts and toxic spills and many Americans may eventually find themselves dealing with the aftermath of a disaster. How well will we respond?"

Click here to read the rest of this article in the May 2009 Issue of Security Spotlight.

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