A panic button is a great addition to any business looking to be proactive about workplace safety. Below are five reasons why should consider a panic system to your safety initiatives.
The recent domestic and international events have many people thinking about workplace safety and security. An essential element of a panic notification system is to get responders notified and responding as soon as possible. This lowers the possibility of injury to you and your staff. Call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. However, picking up the phone may not always be an option. A panic button is a simple and cost-effective solution that can significantly strengthen the response to any threat.
Having many years of experience in the safety industry, I have witnessed where organizations spend outrageous amounts of money on ineffective tools to promote workplace security. Moreover, purchased with good intentions, the realization that threats can come from any direction significantly minimizes the effectiveness of the product. However, a good technology-driven panic system usually comes at a fraction of the cost of other products and offers more versatility.
Threats can come from many different directions. Using buzz-in systems and high-tech camera systems are good for monitoring. However, a threat can just as easily come from within. I have never heard of a time where a buzz-in system or high-tech camera has stopped a crime from being carried out. If you take a good and efficient incident response plan and mix it with an innovating panic button system, you can have the formula to handle any threat that comes your way. The method can potentially interrupt a threat at its inception.
The opportunity to use technology to reinvent a product has many benefits. I am not a fan of the hardwired security button systems offered by alarm companies. However, I do support technology-driven panic button systems. Duress systems are more than just panic buttons. An innovative notification system should be able to integrate internal and external notification to the push of a button. This means it will alert staff and responders at the same time.
Having a multitude of personal and workplace safety experience, the option to have a personal panic button using a phone app is great. Some very innovative and cost-effective apps can be on a personal cell phone to alert responders in the event of an emergency. The option for a workplace panic system is significantly different from a phone app personal panic button. Some innovative panic button systems can involve phones and other notification channels. I would not recommend solely relying on a phone app for workplace panic buttons. Safety and security is a concept that is at the forefront of this day and age.
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