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Minimizing Risk Starts on the Inside: Health, Safety and Security

Minimizing Risk Starts on the Inside: Health, Safety and Security

Risk management – a simple expression that, for many organizations, entails a web of time-consuming audits and confusing procedures that always seem to require constant tweaking with every new incident. Fortunately, as part of our broad security consulting services, we have crafted a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) program that gets results and supports you every step of the way. Whether you are a data center manager or the lead supervisor at a construction site, if you need to create a comprehensive safety strategy, refine an existing plan or respond to a specific incident, we can help. In this blog, we explain more about the consultative Stream approach to assessing and minimizing risk.

Health, Safety and the Environment

Let’s look at an example from our foundational area of expertise – data centers. These are complex structures featuring cooling systems, onsite power substations, backup generators, fire protection mechanisms and other physical infrastructure that must be kept running in order to protect the servers and other computing equipment inside.  If these protections were to fail because of human error or even staffing shortages due to accidents, the organizations that depend on them could face unplanned downtime, disrupted operations and lost revenue. That’s where having a robust health, safety and environment (HSE) strategy come in. It not only saves lives, but it also fosters a culture of responsibility that boosts morale and productivity.

Here at Stream, we have realized that the lessons we have learned in establishing a proven track record of HSE success in the data center sector can be applied across any industry. When we partner, we listen to your goals and reinforce a culture of enhanced employee empowerment and accountability. From HSE audits and employee training to incident management, we can help bring down your total recordable incident rate, maintain your reputation for workplace safety or even launch a new program from the ground up.

The three C’s are key – compliance, communication and conduct. Here are some of the issues we will work through together under each category:

  • Compliance: Do current operations comply with recognized standards? Are findings from previous audits driving changes in procedures and is performance being measured adequately?
  • Communication: Does HSE training reach all employees and are existing training methods engaging enough to support participation and retention? What do you do to keep employees informed in the event of an incident?
  • Conduct: Are employees encouraged to speak up when they spot a safety issue? Does everyone use the right equipment and procedures?

Answering these questions and developing a strong HSE culture will promote the development of a health and safety-conscious workforce that can help your organization thrive.

For more information on our HSE services, download our brochure here.

Security Consultation

Another aspect of risk management involves examining how organizations guard themselves and their assets from attacks – both physical and virtual. You can read our thoughts on data center security in our recent blog post here. Again, looking at security from a multi-industry perspective, it is best to conceptualize it as a layered process that begins at the perimeter level and progresses inwardly to the asset that must be secured. In fact, our security consulting approach is based on the standard ‘concentric rings’ methodology. Employing multiple layers of protection affords organizations the time to effectively deter, detect or delay threats.

While providers of specific security technologies or services will always have a vested interest in selling their own solutions, we evaluate your existing environment with the sole intention of recommending the most relevant, scalable, cost-effective course of action for your business. Here are the types of consultative services we offer to protect your enterprise:

  • Physical Security Risk Assessment
  • Policy/Procedure Evaluation and Development
  • Security Awareness Training
  • Security System Design and Vendor Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Business Continuity Planning

Best of all, our seasoned experts don’t just focus on today’s threats; they look beyond, considering the economic and security implications of your future growth. In short, we have you covered. For more information on our security consulting services, download our new brochure here.

As always, feel free to contact us with your questions – we’re ready to create the solution you need!

About Our Blog Contributor

Chris Henderson

Managing Director, Facilities Management
Whether in normal conditions or when disaster strikes, Stream customers count on Stream’s Critical Facilities Management team to keep essential operations up and running without interruption. Read More