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By ISIO [International Security Industry Organization]

No one knows if the Coronavirus could turn into a pandemic but, at this moment, it must be seriously considered.

A few months ago, ISIO suggested that security managers must ensure that there is a contingency in the budget to obtain equipment or skills training to prepare for any possible threats.

Any responsible managing or finance director must consider allocating funding and preparing for this emerging threat because of the potentially dangerous consequences.

Considering Equipment, Manpower training and Policy

 Training for Staff

Obviously, the biggest concern is not being able to detect a threat until it emerges. The faster a person of interest is identified, the better, using a non-intrusive method to interview someone that is suspected of having flu symptoms. However, it must be considered that some people may lie or hide about their medical status because of fears. One may then need to determine where and who they were with over the past days. Subsequently, quick interviewing methods based on deception detection is required (ISIO highly recommends HIM Tool link below)

Strangely enough, you would be surprised how many people do not know how to wash their hands. Regardless - show them when talking to them by soaping up between fingers and even fingernails. Furthermore, ensure that bathrooms are stocked with medical soap. Train all staff that touching others must be with medical gloves. Ensure that any cuts or open wounds must be quickly cleaned with disinfectant and securely covered with plasters. Ensure that any cuts or open wounds must be quickly cleaned with disinfectant and securely covered with plasters.

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Some type of thermal detector be it connected to cctv or handheld to identify people that have high temperatures.

Medical gloves and face masks for all staff and specially security staff

Mouth-to-mouth respiration protectors for safety officers or staff familiar with first aid training

Consider Policy

Given the level of contact most people have with others over the course of a day, all must be closely and continuously monitored for flu symptoms. Perhaps security can assist staff in company-wide training, which would reinforce the knowledge and heighten situational awareness, which is a key factor for security awareness.

Furthermore, staff who are on travel trips must be supported by human resources or security in every way. It is suggested that staff who travel are provided a bag with the necessary items to protect themselves, including masks, gloves and plasters.

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