I would add :
People want to pay pennies and get literally black cat commando protection.
Guards are hardly well trained and have no idea of first aid or properly using fire extinguishers.
Classification of fires -A,B,C and which type of extinguisher to be used is not know to most guards.
Guards are poorly paid and so look around to do Overtime and earn extra buck.
HR can do certain things to avoid these pitfalls.
Select agencies with Proper police verification and those agencies which pay PF and ESI for the guards.
Keep a proper record of guards hired and check on their duty at regular intervals.
In Maharastra,there is a recognised Guard Board which gives guards in Mumbai,Pune and Thane.
Approach them for guards.
Ask the agency to rotate guards from time to time to avoid them developing relationship with staff and vendors etc.
HR should nominate one official to take security under his charge and be full responsible for the guards.
Placement of CCTVs at strategic points is really useful
Fire fighting implement, fire audit as per local State rules is vital.
Evacuation drills need to be conducted from time tot time so that staff are aware what to do when fire breaks out.similarly ensure guards are trained to assist in full during emergencies.Fire exits need to be kept clear of obstacles.Security sign boards need to be displayed with directions to exit and important numbers like Police,Fire,Nearest hospital etc.
If security is taken seriously,it will help when an event takes places.
From India, Pune
I just would like to draw your kind attention to following:
Security Guard Board minimum wage rate in Mumbai & Thane as on date for guard is Rs. 16,897/- per guard per month per eight hours duty. Total cost inclusive of levy is Rs. 22,360/- per guard per month per eight hours duty.
Even if you employ guard through private agency, the private agency is liable to pay wages to its guards as per board rates.
Now my question is, can any employer sustain this cost as mentioned above?
The answer is obviously - No.
Therefore, employers found following way outs to keep the cost at minimum.
1. They show on record the employed person not as a guard but unskilled labour- facility management and pay as per shops & establishment rate;
2. Installation of CCTV camera and keep minimum guards.
From India, Mumbai
From India, Mumbai
Just to narrate,obe of my client said, these days security has become the fancy item,I being from military,just said,If you pay peanuts,you only will get fancy items only.
Managing security at any premises willl require manpower first,training and then monitoring.Problem is due to low payments,manpower retention is a big problem.hence impact on training and hence monotoring etc etc.Lets be honest in saying that if we really need security in true sense of the word,then we have to ensure we have to value people in this field and provide every resource including training so that we receive the purposeful services with dedicated manpower.
From India, Vadodara
If you pay peanuts, you will get only monkeys.
Proper training, monitoring is needed to have decent security.Most factories, companies want to cut down expenses and the blade falls on security.
Industries have really not understood the worth of good security and most security agencies have not understood the need to do proper selection, training of guards to see that they do their jobs well enough to get recognition of security as indispensable for every establishment.
From India, Pune