Physical Safety and Security Devices Still Work Despite Computers

By on February 22, 2021

Security and safety depend heavily on preventative monitoring and maintenance. The most effective security tends to be that which assumes by testing a problem is about to occur and checking whether the appropriate systems are in place to stop it. And that includes physical security features as well. It’s not enough to assume software protection will take care of everything; human instruction through visible forms, signage, labeling, and physical controls add another effective layer of protection that can’t be missed or ignored.

Clear Features of Protection for High-Risk Environments

One can never have enough warnings in high-risk operational environments. Particular when dealing with energy, pressure, and power machinery as well as heavy-connection junctions, understanding how to behave around these equipment types is a must. Unfortunately, complacency and familiarity often work against a safety program, as people build experience in the plant operations they perform everyday they get lazy. Lockout tagout devices, signage, and related equipment (LOTO devices) can help remind folks where they are working and how dangerous it is. Designed to warn an employee of impending serious injury or even fatality, LOTO devices help remind employees how close they are to immediate risk with visual signage, tags, labeling, and even blockage barriers or restraints that require intentional thinking to bypass.

Managing Portable Security

Padlocks are still regularly used for physical security, particularly in areas where the simple restriction is needed for traffic, access, and consumption of valuable commodities. Whether it be sensitive material cages in warehouses or traffic control doors to keep unauthorized staff out of dangerous or critical rooms or areas, padlocks still provide functional protection. However, too many padlocks and keys start to create a quick mess when managed by more than one person, often a problem with shift work and access needed 24/7.

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With padlock control management materials and display units, a simple but highly effective security tool can be utilized continuously. Padlock control displays make it easy to see which padlocks are in use versus which are available, where they are assigned, and which items have been tagged out. The physical tool also makes it easy to see what’s missing or should be back in place per schedule but is not, which in turn creates a problem-prevention behavior that chases down missing padlocks quickly when the absence is noted right away.

Whether using a small padlock control system or a large one in the form of a display board approach, training staff to stay in compliance with storage of padlocks provides an additional physical layer of protection that becomes highly effective, easy to train, simple to use, and efficient in spotting missing padlock risks. This can be ideal in yards, lots, or warehouses where dozens of padlocks can be used at any given time and an oncoming shift manager needs to know right away what has been distributed versus what is available.

Remember, computers alone aren’t enough for security protection. Physical barriers play a key role in stopping risks that would otherwise bypass digital features easily or not even be picked up by firewalls and similar. For both safety management as well as physical protection, physical lockout devices and signage are just as important and effective, especially when combined with digital security layers in the same environment.

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Physical Safety and Security Devices Still Work Despite Computers