Better, More Accurate Mustering with Security Entrances
Mustering is one element of an organization’s overall security program which may rarely be needed, but cannot be overlooked. The situation can be chaotic when there is an incident such as a fire or other emergency. Accurate mustering—determining who has escaped an emergency situation in a building or facility—is both challenging and error-prone, but can have life -and death results. It is essential for all organizations to have a plan for how and where personnel should gather in the event of an incident, along with technology and strategies in place for ensuring all individuals are accounted for.
Time is Critical in an Emergency Situation
Without assembling all the personnel, visitors, contractors and other individuals on site during an emergency, there is no way to know who is safe and who may still need assistance. First responders and other officials need this information quickly in order to know where to focus continuing search and rescue efforts. Time is critically important when an incident is unfolding, and without accurate mustering information first responders could waste time or be put into a dangerous situation while searching for someone who is actually already safe. The reverse is also true; a person’s absence could go unnoticed in the confusion, with devastating consequences. Family members and others anxiously waiting for information about a relative or friend could also be put through undue stress without information confirming that person’s safety.
Accurately Accounting for Visitors
At any given time, your employees may not be the only people in your facility. Contractors, part-timers and other temporary workers will not be on an employee roster, and contractors may not be part of a mustering program at a facility they only work at temporarily. Building visitors may only have signed in on a security clipboard and be otherwise invisible during an emergency. Should your business have a large campus, with more than one building, you may only have access control in place at the front of the campus, and not keep track of movement between buildings. Accounting for everyone in a facility—not just every-day employees— is critical to accurate mustering.
Using Technology for Organized Mustering
There is an essential human element to traditional mustering—an employee stands at a predetermined location, with a checklist of personnel expected to arrive at that location – that also makes it prone to human error. By using a technology solution element that is nearly impossible to foil and that keeps an accurate, updated, and complete roster of everyone within a facility, you can ensure that mustering at your organization is simpler, more accurate, and faster, reducing risk during an emergency.
Certain types of security entrances such as portals or mantraps can provide this data. By allowing only one person at a time with authorized credentials through a security portal, and by making it impossible to tailgate or pass back credentials, not only can you ensure that there are no unauthorized people within a designated space, but you also have a consistently updated roster of current building occupants, including occupants who have temporarily exited the building. By deploying this type of security entrance at the entrances to particularly hazardous parts of the facility you can be sure that in case of an emergency, only personnel authorized to be in that area need be on its mustering roster.
With the right types of security entrances in place, every credentialed person who has entered and exited an area is accounted for—enabling you to maintain accurate mustering rosters and saving first responders crucial time.