Assess any plans for
new construction or physical changes to the facility or workplace
to eliminate or reduce security hazards.
Install and regularly
maintain alarm systems and other security devices, response buttons,
hand-held alarms or noise devices, cellular phones, and private
channel radios where risk is apparent or may be anticipated,
and arrange for a reliable response system when an alarm is triggered.
Provide metal detectors
installed or hand-held, where appropriate to identify guns, knives,
or other weapons, according to the recommendations of security
Use a closed-circuit
video recording for high-risk areas on a 2-hour basis. Public
safety is a greater concern than privacy in these situations.
Place curved mirrors
at hallway intersections or concealed areas.
Enclose work stations,
and install deep service counters or bullet-resistant shatter-proof
glass in reception areas, triage, admitting, or client service
rooms, where appropriate.
Provide employee "safe
rooms" for use during emergencies.
Establish "time-out" or seclusion areas with high ceilings
without grids for patients acting out and establish separate
rooms for criminal patients.
Provide client or patient waiting rooms designed to maximize
comfort and minimize stress. Ensure that counseling or patient
care rooms have two exits.
Limit access to employee
counseling rooms and treatment rooms controlled by using locked
Arrange furniture to
prevent entrapment of employees.
In interview rooms
or crisis treatment areas, furniture should be minimal, lightweight,
without sharp corners or edges, and/or affixed to the floor.
Limit the number of
pictures, vases, ashtrays, or other items that can be used as
Provide lockable and
secure bathrooms for staff members separate from public areas.
Lock all unused doors
to limit access, in accordance with local fire codes.
Install bright, effective
lighting indoors and outdoors.
lights, broken windows, and locks.
Keep automobiles, if
used in the field, well-maintained. Always lock automobiles.