Manufacturers want security solutions that will protect people, product, facilities and process.
The manufacturing sector is extraordinarily diverse, ranging from the manufacturing of advanced fighter jets to ventilators and pharmaceutical products to cars, paper products, steel, clothing, high-tech components and beyond. According to Forbes, the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors are transportation, metal fabrication, food products, plastics and rubber, beverages, machinery, wood, non-metallic mineral, primary metals and chemicals.
Manufacturing is a sector filled with many essential businesses in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable joined forces to strengthen the business community’s response to the critical supplies’ shortage facing the nation’s medical community due to COVID-19. This partnership brings together the full strength of the U.S. business and manufacturing communities to help those on the front lines of the pandemic.
Hence, ensuring the protection of people, product, facilities and process for our nation’s indispensable manufacturing industry is critical to safeguarding our economic future.
So, what is the most pressing issue that the manufacturing sector asks of the security services sector? The manufacturing sector demands fully integrated security solutions. Manufacturing companies are looking for reliable and experienced security partners that help prepare for and manage end-to-end risk that provide comprehensive guidelines for security that focus on threat assessments, situation analysis, and planning to identify and mitigate potential risks. They require physical security programs to protect assets and respond to threats and the electronic systems, and integrated risk management platforms that deliver better business insights and capabilities to force-multiply the physical security programs.
Additional security demands, that represent a common threat among all manufacturers, include:
Manufacturing Security Personnel are Highly Skilled
Manufacturers demand high standards in the hiring of security personnel. Meeting these high standards starts with the hiring process. Prospective employees should complete industry-specific training programs before they begin working. They should be trained on customer service standards and should complete emergency training, and be familiar with the manufacturing facility’s evacuation routes and procedures.
Security professionals provide additional value by performing other industrial security services, such as fire extinguisher checks, handling visitor reception, sign-ins and badging, credentialing employees, escorting visitors, performing lighting inspections, conducting job safety analyses relevant to their duties, managing emergency and weather-related preparedness planning, supporting loss-prevention, including employee or visitor searches and distributing mail and packages.
Safeguarding manufacturers is also important to the physical security sector’s bottom line. The revenues for private security companies used in manufacturing facilities is projected to increase 3.5 percent annually through 2023 to $6.1 billion. Guarding services accounted for
59 percent of security services in the industrial market in 2018, significantly higher than any other service type according to Freedonia’s 2019 market study.
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About the Author:
David Szady is Vice President, National Accounts at Allied Universal, a leading security and facility services company in North America with more than 235,000 employees and revenues over $8.4 billion. Prior to joining Allied Universal, he served as Assistant Director, Counterintelligence division at the FBI. He can be reached at David.Szady@aus.com.