Improved security is the main reason for installing a turnstile system, which offers vastly superior access control via deterring and detecting unauthorized entrants. Besides improved security, turnstiles offer many benefits over the use of doors, including effective integration with the facility’s access control system and increased operational flexibility. Unlike doors, turnstiles can both limit the number of people entering or exiting on a valid credential and control the direction of passage. Some also have enhanced detection features, which include identifying loitering in the passage area and forced entry attempts. Turnstiles easily integrate with a building’s access control system, as well as other security equipment such as cameras, to ensure only authorized individuals enter the facility. Unlike doors, turnstiles can limit the number of people who can enter or exit on each presented credential and control the direction of passage.

Turnstiles can operate in a single direction or bi-directionally. Passage modes are independent for each direction and include free pass, controlled passage or locked down. Management can schedule specific modes to activate at certain times of the day to meet operational requirements. In order to enter through a turnstile, a person must first present a valid credential in case of controlled passage mode. This signals the barriers to unlock and allow one person to pass before immediately relocking. Turnstiles fall into three primary categories: opticals, full height and waist high. Depending on the specific application, a different type of turnstile may be preferred.


Personal Safety at Workplace

By taking responsibility for your own safety and working with your employer you can significantly increase your awareness and engagement, leading to a safer and more positive working environment. The key worker responsibilities for health and safety at work are:-

  •          to take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work
  •       to co-operate with your employer, to make sure you get proper training and that you understand and follow the company's health and safety policies
  •        follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has  given you not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for your health,  safety or welfare
  •          to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job, your employer may need to change the way you work
  •          to tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work. Your  employer does of course also have a legal responsibility for your health and safety and they need to know about something before they can find a solution
  •          to tell someone (your employer, supervisor, or health and safety representative) if you think the work or inadequate precautions are putting anyone’s health and safety at serious risk.


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Challenges of Facility Management Industry

Facility Management (FM) services imply the use of a third-party service provider to maintain part of the building facility or outsourcing the management of entire facilities to an organization that executes this service professionally. Lack of availability of technical and non-technical manpower is one of the biggest challenges the industry is facing currently. The lack of qualified staff has increased the lead times in mobilizing resources/staff after a project has been successfully contracted. Increase in inflation and labor cost have forced many customers to replace long-term contracts with medium-term ones. Many customers find it easier to maintain medium- and short-term contracts rather than long-term ones as the latter will lead to price rise.

The FM industry also suffers from severe fragmentation and is dominated largely by the unorganized sector, primarily through local service providers. The considerable fragmentation in the industry is a source for concern. Small and medium sized unorganized local players dominate the market, on the premise of ‘cheap’ services. The low cost unorganized service providers often undercut the organized sector, as they have the capacity to absorb razor thin margins, due to their non-existent statutory compliance overheads. While attractive from a price perspective, there is a hidden cost and risk involved, as unorganized local players are unable to provide FM services on par with global standards and best practices.


Training of Private Security Guards makes mandatory by Haryana Police

Haryana Police has made it mandatory for security guards and supervisors employed by private security agencies to undergo training in recognized training institutes under Haryana Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009. Director General of Police, Law and Order said that all the heads of district police has been asked to ensure that all security guards and personal security officers (PSOs) deployed in their jurisdiction should have undergone training from the authorized training institutes.

The District Police heads should also maintain complete record of guards and supervisors who have undergone training under Haryana Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009 including weapon training  with a view to create a database for using at the time of any law and order emergency.  Director General of Police, Law and Order further said that the private security agencies at the time of applying for grant of license, submit memorandum of understanding with recognized training institutes for imparting training to prospective security guards and supervisors. However, it has come to the police that some of the private security agencies do not get their guards and supervisors trained for the job. Hence, the District Police heads has been asked to collect the database regarding this.


CCTV Cameras must for places with over 500 daily footfalls in Karnataka

From now on, all public places in the State which see footfalls of more than 500 people per day have to compulsorily install CCTV cameras at entry and exit points, common spaces in the establishment and in parking lots, along with an access control mechanism, according to a release from the office of the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP). The establishments include schools, colleges, hospitals, sports complexes, train and bus stations. The order comes into force with immediate effect. Those who do not comply with the norms would be heavy penalized. Establishments risk temporary sealing or closure for continuous failure to comply with the norms, the release stated. The directions have been issued as per the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Rules, notified on June 28, 2018, in accordance with the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act, December 2017.


Current State of Statutory Compliances in Security Industry

The security services industry is labor intensive, and consequently, is governed by a number of regulations related to wages, working hours and training. Other than the PSARA Act, which has guidelines related to licensing and training that need to be provided to security guards, the Minimum Wage Act and Employee State Insurance Act are some of the other regulations that have an impact on the industry. Industry discussions and survey reveals that the level of compliance to labor laws is higher in the organized sector, as compared to the unorganized sector. While the organized sector largely appears to adhere to minimum wage regulations, the unorganized sector often pays less than minimum wages. Labor laws also stipulate payment of overtime at wages higher than the standard wage rate for hours exceeding the normal shift hours. Baring a few large players, the compliance to overtime rules may be limited with clients paying overtime wages at standard wage rates.

The security services industry is gradually and increasingly adhering to regulatory norms. Increasing awareness among clients about labor laws is also expected to improve compliance levels for the industry. Another driver for increasing adherence to regulatory norms is the rapid growth of the market. As the companies grow in size and achieve scale, they will have to improve procedures for better people management, which is likely to lead to increased adherence to compliance. While there is an increased awareness about labor guidelines, improved adherence could have significant impact on costs, particularly for the unorganized players. Intense competition in the market implies that some of these smaller companies may find it difficult to adhere to regulatory norms, and maintain profitability.