The pandemic has impacted almost every industry in the U.S, and the professional security services industry is no exception. Since the start of the pandemic, security guards are providing essential security guard services from the frontline. And due to their constant interactions with the public as part of their duties, their professional risk of COVID-19 exposure is increasing.
For a security guard services provider, a top priority is keeping their security guards safe. Here are a few COVID-19 safety tips for security guards.
Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
To ensure the safety of your workforce, it is highly recommended that you provide your security guards with disposable nitrile gloves, safety goggles, and masks for security guards who frequently come in contact with the public.
Practice Hand Hygiene
One of the most effective ways security guards can protect themselves is by washing their hands often, for at least 20 seconds. Thoroughly scrub the palms and backs of your hands. Also, keep hand sanitizer available for places where soap and water might not be available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands to reduce the risk of exposure to any virus.
Disinfect Common Surfaces Regularly
It is not clear how long the virus can last on surfaces, but it is a good idea to frequently disinfect the common work surfaces. Use an EPA-approved disinfectant on surfaces where security guards and people may touch.
Limit Close Interaction with Others
The recommended distance that should be kept is six feet. And when performing patrols, suggest your security guards to keep as much distance from people as possible.
Sanitize Your Mobile Phone
Disinfect your mobile phone, gear, radio, and other equipment with an EPA-approved disinfectant or antiviral wipe. This will lower the risk of infection.
Wash Uniforms After Each Shift
You should wash your uniforms after every patrol shift, especially if your shifts are at a place where you come in constant contact with the public. Washing your uniforms and then drying them at a high-temperature setting can provide an added measure of safety.
All security guards should receive training on the new protective measures as well as the safety protocols that have been implemented in response to the COVID pandemic. Supervisors should also make frequent checks with security guards via mobile phone to ensure that all COVID-related procedures are being followed. It is also highly recommended to stay updated with local news on COVID-19.