Safety and Security

What are the key elements of a security policy?

Every organization should have a security officer who is responsible for physical security, property, collections, and emergency services. All property should be identified by ownership documents and images. The security officer should be guided by written policies that provide authority in times of crisis.

The governing authority is responsible for providing security oversight of staff and visitors. Some essential factors to consider are key control, secure areas, opening and closing procedures, package checks, retail operations, special event considerations, and emergency preparedness and disaster planning. A helpful resource is “Governance, Security, and Perpetuity: Establishing Regular Security Reviews,” Parts 1 and 2, Technical Inserts 77 and 78 (Sept.-Oct. and Nov.-Dec. 1995),* by David Liston.

What is meant by risk management?

Risk management is a means of systematically lowering risks of operation. Removing fire hazards, such as oily rags, is a kind of risk management, as is developing a disaster plan. Good risk management can lower insurance costs.

*IHA Circulating Library