WORKPLACE SECURITY CHECKLIST
Conducting a regular workplace security audit will keep your security policies up-to-date
and your employees safe. Ideally, you want to answer "yes" to each of the following
questions. If you answer "no" to any of them, identify it as a vulnerable area and
develop a task force to begin researching security solutions.
This workplace security audit checklist is designed to be a general checklist that
can be applied to many types of organizations and industries. As you conduct the
audit, be sure to consider your personal situation. You may need to address additional
issues depending on your location, employees and nature of business.
Do you have an established workplace security policy? Include a
security policy in your employee handbook that outlines security policies and procedures.
Have employees received security training? All employees, not only
security and human resources, should understand safety and security policies and
procedures. Trained employees should watch for activity that violates security policies
and know how to properly report it.
Is access to the building restricted or monitored? Workplaces should
prevent admitting individuals who don't belong in the building by monitoring
all entrances. Most workplaces lock all entrances except for those monitored by
Are visitors required to register and receive proper identification?
communicates to employees that a visitor in the building has followed proper security
Are employees easily identified? Employee
ID cards make it easy for security and employees to know who belongs in
Do access cards and identification cards have enhanced security features?
features prevent the creation of fraudulent cards and restrict unwanted
visitors from entering your workplace. Magnetic strip, watermark logo, or a holograph
protects your cards from being duplicated.
Is the facility and parking lot well-lit? Providing a well–lit
campus prevents attacks and thefts from happening and keeps intruders away.
Is the surveillance system up to date? Review the areas captured
by your surveillance cameras and be sure they are still in the right location. Give
any employees who monitor specific areas or entrances updated training on security
Has the security system or alarm equipment been recently tested?
Conduct regular tests on your security system or alarm equipment to ensure everything
is in working order. Change security codes on a regular basis to prevent hackers.
Are hazardous or dangerous materials in locked storage and clearly identified?
Any materials that could harm employees should be carefully locked and access should
be given only to a few responsible and trusted employees. The storage area should
also be under surveillance to prevent abuse from taking place.