With COVID cases rising nationwide, what can security professionals do to protect themselves? There are several ways to stay safe…
First, people should be washing their hands frequently. For security officers, this means washing hands at least every two hours, and when doing so, it’s important to wash hands for at least 20 seconds, using soap and warm water. If soap and water isn’t available, people should use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients. Meanwhile, if possible, avoid touching surfaces which may easily be contaminated with germs, such as door handles and tabletops. Better yet, avoid touching your face– nose, eyes, and mouth– since you don’t want germs to get inside of you!
Next, wear PPE, aka personal protection equipment. This can include face masks, safety goggles, disposable gloves, etc.
Thirdly, use tape to mark a 6-foot distance around security stations so people know not to come too close. If needed, install plexiglass or acrylic glass barriers at security stations to avoid having to inhale other people’s exhaled air. When on patrol, keep away from people if possible.
Also, wash uniforms before/after shifts so they’re fresh and clean. Dry clothes at a high temperature.
Finally, sanitize your mobile phone and/or any other devices you use often. This can include wiping down a radio, for instance, with an antiviral wipe.
Since COVID doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, it’s important for security officers to take precautions not to get the virus. Taking these aforementioned steps can help reduce the spread of the virus.
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