Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of critical events threaten the safety and well-being of people across the globe. Not only has the world been rocked by the effects of COVID-19, but now businesses are facing a number of new challenges when it comes to protecting their workforce.
Terror attacks and political unrest
The UK terror threat level has recently been upgraded from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Three people were fatally stabbed in a knife attack at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, prompting the French government to raise its security alert to the maximum level. Unfortunately, attacks like this are not uncommon and similar incidents have happened across the world throughout the year.
On the 2nd of November, a gunman opened fire on people in Vienna’s popular nightlife area known as the Bermuda Triangle. Two women and two men were fatally shot whilst over 20 others were seriously injured. Security professionals around the world have predicted that terrorist groups may thrive off of the current disruption the pandemic has brought. Radical behaviour may be adopted as individuals struggle to cope with economic hardships, unemployment and the inability to see loved ones.
Following the recent presidential election in the United States, there have been threats of violent unrest across a number of states, with police taking to the streets to try and keep order.
A number of statistics suggest that natural disasters have begun to increase around the world. According to the EM-DAT, the total number of natural disasters reported each year has been steadily increasing in recent decades, from 78 in 1970 to 342 in 2016.
There have been a number of recent natural disasters that have threatened the safety of individuals. Tropical storm Eta caused destruction across Central America and the Caribbean, left thousands in shelters and killed at least 3 people in deadly landslides. Similarly, a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s Aegean coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing over 20 people and seriously injuring 786. 2000 people were left homeless amid fears that more buildings could collapse. As the globe becomes increasingly warmer, natural disasters are becoming more apparent and unpredictable.
Protecting your workforce
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict when a dangerous event will occur and whether or not your employees will be affected. Hundreds of individuals get caught up in incidents every single day, many of whom are likely to be working at the time. Whilst these events are often unforeseeable, employers have a responsibility to prevent their employees from coming to harm during a critical event, whether they are working at an office or remotely.
So how can you prepare for these types of disaster? Firstly, all businesses should carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify risks to their staff, once this is done, measures can be put in place to prevent or reduce them, such as;
Implementing evacuation and shut down procedures
- Ensuring there are emergency alarms on work premises
- Provide staff training on responding in emergency situations
- Ensure there are effective measures in place to locate and communicate with employees
- There are also apps and software available to help companies manage the task of contacting their workforce during an incident.
IncidentEye is an easy to use tech-based solution that allows organisations to protect staff in or near an incident zone. The innovative technology helps you meet your duty of care by rapidly locating employees during a crisis, such as a natural disaster or terror attack. With many employees now having to work remotely, IncidentEye helps employers to manage their safety without being in their immediate vicinity.
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