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Running a logistics and distribution company requires a lot of planning and effective procedures to ensure the operations of your freight, courier, warehouse, storage or transportation business go smoothly.

Within all types of companies, there is always a risk of problems and accidents. Which is why you should check your logistics and distribution security and safety procedures are at their best.

In recent months, the uncertainty of Brexit and what this could mean for trade between the UK and Europe has put a strain on logistics businesses and made planning for a potentially chaotic situation difficult.

To make sure your business is operating hassle-free, ask yourself the following questions:

 

Are Your Access Points Monitored?

What security measures do you have in place at each access point to your business? Criminals and trespassers could swiftly enter your site if there are no restrictions such as security guards, barriers, pass codes or if you haven’t issued security passes. Consider implementing stricter measures to protect your premises from theft or vandalism.

 

Do You Have PIN/Password Protected Devices?

Nowadays, it simply isn’t enough to have only one password login to protect documents and files stored digitally. Hackers are crafty enough to get through even the most complex of computer systems, and so it helps to safeguard your digital devices with auto-generated and randomised passwords, as well as fingerprint sensors. These methods should help to prevent hackers from accessing important information about your logistics business.

 

Is Your Business Prepared for A Fire?

Fire can cause devastating results if it ignites business premises – a recent report by DHL revealed how in the UK and Germany, two thirds of high impact events in logistics included industrial fires and explosions.  Stock and equipment can be lost in a matter of minutes and the cost of repairing damage can be high. Consider if you’re prepared for a fire, both inside and outside the building, and check that all highly flammable substances are placed far away from anything which could produce heat.

 

Do You Have Evacuation Procedures in Place?

To properly prepare for an emergency, you should check you have an evacuation plan in place. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of anyone becoming trapped or injured. It’s strongly recommended that you ask all your staff to be aware of evacuation procedures and health and safety training when they first join the company. Also, updating relevant handbooks and training where needed is highly effective for escaping the premises unharmed.

 

How Often Do You Conduct Risk Assessments?

Frequent risk assessments will give you an idea of what can be done to improve areas which may need to be re-evaluated for health and safety reasons. Keeping reports and logs of when each one takes place will ensure your company is organised and noting any changes for the record. It will also serve as evidence if a claim is made against your business in the event of an accident to an employee or visitor.

 

Do You Have First Aid Trained Staff?

If someone’s life is at risk on your premises, you want to be sure that there is someone there who can save them without difficulty or hesitation. First aid training should be provided to staff who are frequently around other employees and visitors, such as receptionists or team managers.

 

Are Your Premises Monitored 24/7?

CCTV cameras are the most common way to consistently monitor your business premises at all hours of the day and night. Cameras can be watched remotely from afar, allowing incidents to be responded to a lot quicker by emergency services. Think about placing CCTV cameras high up, in places which are quieter, or not as easy to get to.

 

Do You Have Working Alarms Installed?

Consider checking that you have correctly-installed and working alarm systems to avoid false alarms or risk missing an incident if an alarm fails to go off. Intruder alarms will help catch trespassers and having them clearly in sight when approaching the building will deter anyone from entering unsolicited. Alarm systems should be monitored regularly by a certified company.

 

Churchill Security is an SIA-approved private security company which provides logistics and distribution security in locations across the UK. We have professional security solutions catered especially to your requirements and needs.

Call us today for a free, no-obligation quote to find out more about how we can help keep your logistics company safe and secure.

 

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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.