Re-evaluating your workplace: Is it safe and secure?

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/23/2002

Since North Americans spend the majority of their time at work, feeling safe is of great importance. But personal safety initiatives can often be pushed aside because people are wrapped up in the many demands of their jobs. This was all put into perspective on Sept. 11, and security experts say workplaces worldwide are now much more concerned about the safety of their people.

“It’s affected us all in terms of our workplace security concerns. Some people are more concerned than others. We’ve just intensified some of the things we know we should be doing,” says Ken Owens, director of corporate services at Saskatchewan Resource Counsel.

Owens, who is also a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), says the concern for security goes beyond terrorism and bomb fears, people are worried about disaster preparedness, recovery initiatives and on a smaller scale cases of intrusion, workplace violence, personal theft and threat.