Magazine article Security Management

Up with Safety

Magazine article Security Management

Up with Safety

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UP WITH SAFETY

MANY SECURITY MANAGERS are responsible for the safety as well as the security of their sites. If you currently do not have safety responsibilities, you should take them on if the opportunity arises. The additional responsibility not only enhances your career but also provides increased job security.

Assuming safety responsibilities requires that you be familiar with a variety of issues, including fire prevention, machine protection, and hazardous chemicals. Workplace safety regulations are overwhelming. Specific regulations include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's CFR 29 and state right-to-know and fire regulations.

In addition to regulations, you should follow standards such as those provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Although standards are not law, your facility's safety program will be compared to them should an accident occur and civil litigation ensue.

To keep abreast of ever-changing safety and fire protection regulations, standards, and equipment, you should take advantage of the many educational resources available.

Sources of safety-related information include the following:

American Society of Safety Engineers 18 East Oakton Street Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187

ASSE offers professional safety workshops, conferences, and training sessions nationwide as well as an assortment of safety-related books and a monthly magazine, Professional Safety. Other educational opportunities are available through local chapters, which offer luncheon meeting speakers, seminars, and workshops.

National Safety Council 444 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

NSC offers programs through its Safety Training Institute in Chicago. Courses range from introductory-level safety and health programs to right-to-know and fleet safety curricula. NSC provides additional information through numerous books, periodicals, and educational video and slide study packages.

National Fire Protection Association 1 Batterymarch Park PO Box 9101 Quincy, MA 02269-9109

NFPA offers training seminars covering its own nationally recognized codes, which are the national fire protection standard. …

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