6 Reasons Why Industrial Facilities Need Video Surveillance
Video Surveillance in an industrial or manufacturing facility can be very beneficial to business operations for several reasons. Below, you’ll find the best, most common reasons to consider adding video surveillance equipment as part of your total security installation.
When most people think of video surveillance, the first thing that comes to mind is crime. Although video surveillance does help with crime-related challenges, we’d like to begin with the less obvious benefits that are uniquely critical to industrial or manufacturing applications: Productivity and Safety.
1. Increased Productivity
Using video to help your industrial operation gain efficiency is the first step on the road to increased productivity and profitability.
A video surveillance system will allow management to detect, analyze and prevent slowdowns in production with greater ease. Identifying these bottlenecks can minimize the impact of production downtime or other system upsets.
It’s also possible to improve individual operator performance with video observation.
Both types of monitoring, whole system, and individual employee can be done in real-time or in retrospect from previous recordings.
Videos can catch bad behavior and can be viewed by a larger audience in slow motion or repeat. Recordings will come in handy when used for future training sessions on safety, coaching sessions, or remedial instruction.
2. Increased Safety
Manufacturing, lite industrial applications, and other related verticals have many unique opportunities for accidents and injuries. Regardless of your particular industry or manufacturing capabilities, safety is a paramount factor that all facilities should be concerned with.
Security cameras help reinforce and bring attention to safety efforts by providing visual verification that guidelines are being followed. With positioning camera views on dangerous machinery, hazardous areas, or other high-risk accident-prone places, video cameras can prevent or document accidents.
Focusing on increasing productivity, without safety, only leads to preventable accidents and other problems. Your operation can’t be productive if it isn’t safe, and the more accidents you have, the more the bottom line of the business will be affected.
Worker’s compensation insurance rates are only going to rise as injury claims are paid out.
Anyone that’s ever simply walked through a manufacturing or industrial plant will likely have noticed significant safety signage everywhere. Common safety signage in these settings may include:
- Do not enter
- No smoking
- Masks, helmets, or hearing protection required
- Door must remain open
- Keep clear of forklift traffic
Reducing health and welfare risks ensures safety for all employees and is another way to decrease costs which increases your bottom line. With the enhanced safety from security cameras, there’s also a secondary benefit of improving product quality and employee morale. A powerful way to prevent or decrease the risk of workplace injury, illness, and death.
A video surveillance system can even be integrated into other security systems such as access control devices to match video to an incident.
3. General Security Awareness
A camera system set up for video surveillance is a basic element to maintaining and reinforcing overall security awareness. Simply having installed and mounted security cameras throughout your facility that are visible to employees and visitors sends a clear message. Potential threats can be identified and addressed, both within your organization around the perimeter.
4. Crime & Internal Theft prevention
One of the best ways to reduce workplace crime, both internal and external, is simply with the presence of cameras. This can sometimes be enough to deter theft or other criminal activities. Visible cameras discourage unauthorized activities and will also assist with law enforcement investigations when they happen.
Unfortunately, active shooter scenarios do happen in workplaces. With industrial settings, there’s so many places for shooters to hide or evade capture. These situations can be alleviated with security cameras in place. Responding police officers with bird’s eye views of interior spaces can rectify the situation with more effectiveness.
According to the Association of certified fraud examiners (ACFE), the median internal fraud loss is $194,000. A professionally installed security video system can cause misguided employees to think twice. And in the event of an incident, video footage can be used as evidence for further investigations.
5. Remote Monitoring
As a business owner or operator, you can’t be all places at all times. With video surveillance, you can easily monitor more employees across a greater range of areas. You can even view and manage them across multiple site locations. And all of that footage from each camera can be fed into one centralized control point.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some business operations to attempt more creative workforce scheduling. This may even include some supervisory factory workers to work from home if their particular job can be done remotely. Security cameras throughout multiple locations means sites can be managed without a physical presence.
A video system enables footage to be viewed online, from a secured location at a safe distance. Hazardous materials incidents sometimes mean not being able to safely access spaces. With a video surveillance system in place, under those circumstances, all spaces could receive a visual inspection to update the status of any safety conditions.
Your video surveillance system can act as another form of insurance that can document visual representation of operations. Compliance issues, whether local, state, or federal, can be addressed, corrected, and prevented with video assistance to verify regulations are met. 24/7/365 video documentation can be used for legal protection against any civil liabilities. Whether those situations are due to safety violations, unauthorized activities, or negligence. Video surveillance will document when procedures are followed and can warn you as to when they’re not.
A Note On Privacy:
Employees want to work where their privacy is respected. Privacy laws affect security video camera installation and use which varies from state to state. ProNet Security is ready to guide your organization on the proper installation and use of all video surveillance equipment and software. When you choose to work with a licensed security installation company like ProNet, as your video equipment and security integrator, we have our pulse on the security industry legal issues of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.