Monday, 16 October 2017

Diwali Safety Precautions

Diwali is thoroughly enjoyed by people as they love the splendor and sparkle of fireworks.  Every single year, during Diwali, there are hundreds of accidental fires in homes culminating in injuries and even death. The festival of joy turns into a tragedy for the families affected. Some safety precautions that can make Diwali really joyous for you and everyone around:
Safety precautions with Lightening, Always make it a point to not to light Diyas or candles near the curtains or other hanging decorations of the home. Fix the candles firmly only on a surface that is hard and not-inflammable. The electric lights should never be tied to any metal poles as any current leak can energize the pole and give a shock to anyone who touches the pole.
Safety precautions about dressing, Wearing the right clothing during celebrating Diwali is vital to ensure that your Diwali is safe. Opt for cotton clothes that cover the maximum part of your body but do not hang lose. Maximum coverage ensures better safety from fire. Wear cotton apparel and keep a safe distance from the fireworks.
Safety precautions while brusting crackers, Make sure to store the fire crackers in a closed box away from fire, heat and electrical wirings. Light only one fire cracker at a time so that you can keep your full attention on it. Don't attempt to make fireworks at home.  Always keep a first aid box close.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Safety Audits at Mumbai’s Railway Stations

After Elphinstone Road station stampede, thirteen teams from the Central and Western Railways, civic bodies and the police have begun safety audits of more than 100 railway stations on Mumbai’s suburban network. According to officials, the teams will inspect every station during peak hours to understand the safety issues. In the marathon meetings conducted on September 29 and 30, in the aftermath of the Elphinstone Road station stampede which killed 23 people, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had directed both the zonal railways to form multidisciplinary bodies as early as possible and conduct safety audits of the suburban railway stations.
Acting on the directive, the Central Railway has formed eight multidisciplinary teams for inspecting its 76 suburban stations on the main, harbour and trans-harbour corridors. Similarly, the Western Railway has formed five teams that will take stock of the passenger safety situation at every station between Churchgate and Dahanu Road.
Senior railway official said the audit report would be submitted to the zonal railways, after which the teams could suggest solutions such as whether the entry-exit points of stations need to be widened or cleared, whether new Foot Over Bridges are required or existing ones need to be widened, or more personnel from the Railway Protection  Force (RPF) or Government Railway Police (GRP) are needed.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Government to Audit all Aadhaar Enrolment Centres

Facing questions over the privacy and security of the Aadhaar systems in the Supreme Court, the government has decided to conduct an independent audit of all 50,000-odd Aadhaar enrolment centres and inspect them in person. 
Three independent auditors will assess if enrolment centres are adhering to UIDAI processes and guidelines, if the hardware and software deployed at the enrolment centres are as per UIDAI specifications check if the enrolment centre is not involved in any corrupt practices and people are not being overcharged for Aadhaar services. 
UIDAI has engaged enrolment agencies as registrars who have set up enrolment centres by hiring operators and supervisors and UIDAI recommended hardware. There have been concerns raised in the past over how the registrars are capturing demographic and biometric detail of residents and uploading them to UIDAI’s Central Identification Data Depository. UIDAI has claimed its systems are secure and it will pass the ‘privacy test’ before SC. 
UIDAI is also launching a major information drive to impress upon people the benefits of linking their Aadhaar with their bank account, PAN, mobile number or ration cards and put to rest security concerns. In a brief for private agencies to make short films, UIDAI says there have been “wild allegations that CIA has gained access to Aadhaar data” and said nothing could be more untrue.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Safety Precautions During Festive Season

The festive season is here. Parties and festivities build team moral and provide staff with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. Whilst the Focus On Risks team love to party (all invitations will be gratefully received), we are also very conscious of the fact that accidents, and employer duty of care obligations, do no take time off during the festive season. To help you make this a safe and happy holiday season, we have developed a list of safety tips. Remember, safety is achievable with a few simple steps, you can have great celebrations without any painful mishaps. 

When planning festive season celebrations: 
1- Undertake a risk assessment to identify foreseeable hazards and their consequences 
2- Ensure the venue is as safe as possible. If at home, check safety pool fences etc.
3- Involve your safety representative in an inspection of the venue before the event. 
4- Implement strategies to manage foreseeable risks. 
5- Ensure that all relevant safety information, including the ground rules for behaviour, is communicated to employees and relevant parties prior to any function. 
6- Make it clear to employees that the employer’s responsibility ceases at the end of the function and if staff choose to continue the evening, they will be responsible for their own safety. 
7- Maintain supervision of behaviour during the event
8- Review your workplace policies (e.g. Drug and Alcohol and Harassment Policies) and remind employees of their obligations. 
9- If young children will be present check chemical storage areas are locked and what other hazards could cause harm. 
10- Allocate a responsible person to look after the children on a rotational basis.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Crowd Safety and Security

Festivals are continuing to grow both in size and popularity. With a larger number of people attending it’s essential to have the right security measures in place. Festivals and events are a massive draw for people of all ages. Big name festivals such as Holi, Diwali continue to bring in huge crowds. A big crowd is always difficult to keep in order. To keep a festival safe it’s vital that certain security measures are put in place. At a festival, there’s a lot going on at all times, and security will need to try to keep an eye on as many areas all the time.
At PLN9 Security we understand the need of a professional approach to the security of events this plays a critical role in an individual's impression of the service. Essentially a safe environment promotes a relaxed atmosphere enabling customers to enjoy themselves without the fear of harassment or injury in the festive season. We can provide excellent and efficient crowd safety management to ensure visitors are safe at all times.
For crowd safety and security during festivals and events, security personnel’s may be deployed for:
·Searching- Body and bag as appropriate
·Patrolling and parking security
·Entrance and exit security
·In-event security, including bar and stage activity or special equipment security
·Communication- Professionally experienced security personnel communicate 
 appropriately with the public regarding their issues.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Strategies for Preventing Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity. This can be committed against a person or property. Strategies for Preventing Hate Crimes:-
  •  Assist Victims of Hate Crimes - Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable, fearful and alone. Supporting victims of such hate crimes improves the overall climate of the community, help ensure the health and wellbeing of community members, and can deescalate tensions, all of which is significant to prevention efforts.
  • ·Advocate for Hate Crime Prevention- By using tools from violence prevention and prejudice reduction programs, students can become the most effective advocates for the hate crime prevention.
  • ·Identify, Report and Speak Up- Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. If you are a victim, report every incident and ask for help.
  • · Raise Awareness, Education and Outreach- Community education through mass media and campus groups encourages involvement and support from the community by raising awareness of the injustice and divisiveness of hate crime and highlighting opportunities to make a difference through prevention programs.
  • · Develop hate Crime Partnerships and coalitions- Develop Partnerships and coalitions among key players to improve communication between groups, increase the effectiveness of programs, and improve the potential for success.