SafeZone: Empowering Organizations with Limited Resources for a Secure Festive Season

As we approach the festive period, organizations with dispersed estates and operations and limited safety and security teams face a unique set of challenges. Ensuring the safety of staff and students becomes paramount, yet the reality of being understaffed can compromise effective response and incident management. In such scenarios, SafeZone by CriticalArc emerges as a force multiplier, revolutionizing safety and security measures for organizations with constrained resources.

All eyes on the NAHS conference, where new security management standards for the UK healthcare sector will be announced this week

It’s great to confirm that a brand-new set of security management standards is being introduced for the UK healthcare sector, following news that NHS England has been engaging with the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS). This is a major development. The new standards haven’t been published yet and more details will be announced at the NAHS annual conference this week. What’s already clear is that these new standards will have a very positive effect.

‘Martyn’s Law’ terrorism legislation has moved a step closer to becoming law – universities and NHS Trusts should prepare now

The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill has just moved a step closer to becoming law, with inclusion in the King’s Speech (November 2023). The government’s intention is clear; it wants ‘Martyn’s Law’ to be enacted as part of its upcoming 2023-24 legislative programme. This means that, within the next 12 months, universities and hospitals could find themselves subject to new security and safety requirements. They’ll have to comply with whatever inspection and enforcement regime is introduced after the law is passed. That may not happen immediately, but it is now looking much more likely, so preparing early is advisable. It’s also not hard and will deliver immediate benefits.

The Overlooked Link Between Workplace Safety and Employee Wellbeing

In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, organizations know that it’s important to take seriously various aspects of employee well-being, such as physical health, mental wellness, and work-life balance. However, in wellbeing programs, there's an essential aspect that often takes a backseat, even though it can have a major impact – safety, and feelings of safety. The connection between an individual's sense of safety and their ability to thrive within an organization is profound.  So, safety should be a cornerstone of any well-being program.

Empowering Healthcare Safety: Why SafeZone by CriticalArc Triumphs Over Reactive Approaches

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, ensuring the safety of patients and staff is paramount. Workplace violence (WPV) poses a significant and growing threat to the sector, affecting not only the physical and mental wellbeing of personnel but also the quality of patient care. In their strategies for reducing these risks, healthcare organizations, and those who advise them, have traditionally looked to a familiar and long-established range of protective measures. These solutions cannot solve the problems now being faced by the sector: they are largely reactive, and as a result they can only provide limited benefits. 

Tackling Violence Against Healthcare Workers Requires Collaboration and Commitment. It can be Done.

We know that workplace violence in health settings is mostly patient-generated, and we know that the problem is getting worse. It’s impacting employees and employers, as well as costs and the quality of services. In a groundbreaking new white paper on this topic by Eric Clay, president-elect of IAHSS (the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety), the violence statistics from the last decade, drawn from a variety of credible sources, all point steadily upwards.

‘Safety Everywhere’ is Now Possible – and Healthcare Workers Need it

Increases in workplace violence and aggression are being reported in sectors ranging from healthcare and social care to education and corporate campus settings. At most risk are staff in public facing roles, those working in the community, and those in isolated settings. But all workers are vulnerable and, with an increase in remote working, risks have spread beyond traditional boundaries.