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Why Invest in Quality Security and Communications Equipment for the Workplace?

No matter your industry, the potential for theft and criminal activity is ever present. This is particular true for construction sites, with around $650 million of construction machinery being stolen every year in Australia. With appropriate security and communications equipment in place, all site activity will be captured on video and you can quickly raise an alert to your staff members and the authorities. CCTV cameras are also useful as a deterrent, in addition to remotely overseeing daily activities. In this blog post, Checkpoint Group will be sharing some top reasons for investing in quality security and communications equipment for the workplace.

Reasons for Installing Site CCTV 

Construction sites are busy places full of activity, and high value equipment often remains on site even after hours. Installing a construction security monitoring service can reduce your risk of being targeted by thieves, helping to keep your assets safe and reducing the risk of damage to your building site. 

Some of the most commonly targeted items include power tools, machinery and copper wires. It is important that CCTV cameras are installed strategically around your site to get a wide field of view and adequately cover areas in which valuable equipment is stored. 

According to the Construction and Mining Equipment Industry group, organised crime gangs are behind much of the construction site theft which occur within Australia. The vast majority of this equipment is resold within Australia, whilst some is shipped overseas. In the event of a theft on your worksite, you will have clear video footage which can assist in tracking down the perpetrators and increase your chances of recovering stolen equipment. 

How CCTV Cameras Benefit your Business

  • When placed strategically around your site, cameras serve as a visual deterrent for illegal activity
  • With HD recording, all site activity is monitored in crystal clear clarity
  • Any incidents of theft/trespass can be reviewed both live and after the event
  • Help you to maintain a professional business image and remain accountable for all occurrences on site
  • 24hr Remote monitoring

How Handheld UHF Can Improve Communications

In addition to CCTV cameras, it is also a good idea to provide your staff with UHF radios. These remote devices have a long battery life and are designed to be durable, waterproof and lightweight. Equipping your staff with UHF means they will be able to remain in constant communication and immediately raise an alert if they notice any suspicious activity on site. They are also useful from a safety perspective, as unlike mobile phones they operate on high frequencies to give you confidence that your staff will remain in range and able to communicate in the event of an emergency. 

Maximise Workplace Security with Checkpoint Group

Upgrade your site security with the Checkpoint Group range of Security and Communications solutions. If you have any questions, please call today on 02 6284 3173 and a member of our team will be happy to take your call. We can also be reached by email on sales@checkpointgroup.com.au

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Why Exit and Emergency Lighting is so Important

Fires and building emergencies can occur when you least expect it, and it’s important that all occupants know exactly where the nearest emergency exit is. By installing exit and emergency lighting, you will be demonstrating to your staff and customers that your business places a priority on safety and compliance with modern building codes.

 

Why is Exit and Emergency Lighting Important?

There are a wide range of emergencies which can occur in enclosed spaces, ranging from fire through to medical emergencies, personal threats and more. These situations usually arise out of the blue and can be very distressing for all involved, but with a clearly defined path of egress you can ensure a safe and orderly evacuation. Even if there is a power outage, emergency lighting will remain on and clearly highlight where building occupants need to go.

We’ve all seen emergency lighting before, with the iconic ‘running man’ pictogram and green background lit up in everyday places such as shopping centres, cinemas and train stations. Emergency lights can be affixed to the wall or ceiling, and they come in a range of different designs.

The Different Types of Emergency Lighting

The Checkpoint Group range of emergency lighting includes the following types:

  • Exit Lights – wide range of sizes and options such as weatherproof, recessed blade style and various mounting types. They are supplied with three UV related decals (standard Running Man, Running Man with left arrow, Running Man with right arrow).
  • Emergency Downlights – Black and White.
  • Emergency Light Battens – ideal for use in areas such as fire stairs and car parks to increase light and visibility.
  • Oyster lights – available in 20W and 28W, these lights are ideal for rooms which see high foot traffic. They are visually appealing and provide excellent illumination across a wide area.

How do Emergency Lights Work?

Emergency lights are designed to be energy efficient and long lasting, with most offering up to 50,000hr of LED light run time. They are connected to your building power supply, however in the event of an emergency and loss of power they are powered by the inbuilt lithium battery which provides up to 3 hours of runtime.

Emergency lights should be tested every 6 months by a qualified professional to ensure that the battery is retaining a healthy level of charge. Australian Standards AS 2293 requires that all exit signage and emergency lighting remain illuminated for a minimum of 90 minutes.

 

Where Should Emergency Lighting be Installed?

Emergency lighting is most commonly seen in large event spaces, public transport hubs, warehouses, shopping centres and office buildings in addition to stairs and hallways. If there are no available exits within the immediate vicinity, you should install a directional emergency exit light with an arrow pointing towards the nearest exit.

 

Why Purchase Emergency Lighting from Checkpoint Group?

Checkpoint Group are committed to safety, and we’re proud to bring you the biggest range of safety solutions from leading manufacturers. We’ve partnered with countless Australian businesses in an effort to improve safety, and we keep abreast of the latest technologies and innovations. When you partner with us, you can expect:

  • Dedicated support
  • Reliable, Australian Standards compliant safety solutions and services
  • All products come with Australian warranty
  • Peace of mind knowing that you are looking after the safety of your customers and staff

If you’re looking to make your building compliant and improve safety, please contact Checkpoint Group on 02 6284 3173 or email sales@checkpointproducts.com.au  for an obligation free quote.

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Fire Safety in the Home – What Do I Need?

Whilst Checkpoint Group specialize in safety solutions for the construction industry, we also carry a range of Home Protection solutions to keep you and your family safe. Each year in Australia emergency services are called to around 20,000 house fires. Whilst property can be replaced, it is important that you are equipped with the right safety solutions to protect your family in the event of a house fire. With this in mind, we have prepared a brief blog post highlighting some of the essential safety solutions and where to place them around your home.

Fire Extinguishers for the Home

When shopping for a home fire safety extinguisher, you may notice that they are labelled either A, B, E or F. This refers to the types of fires which the extinguisher will be effective against.

A – this extinguisher is effective against fires fueled by wood, paper, plastic and cloth.

B – this extinguisher is effective against flammable and combustible liquids such as petrol, paint, wax, alcohol and more. Dry powder extinguishers are preferred for these types of fires, and water should not be used.

E – this extinguisher is effective against electrical fires such as switchboards, electrical appliances.

F – this extinguisher is effective against cooking oils and fats, making it a popular choice for the kitchen.

In addition to the above, there are also multipurpose fire extinguishers which can be used against a range of fire types. Checkpoint Group carry ABE extinguishers which are suitable for Class A, Class B and Class E fires. Class E refers to live electrical equipment which is typically found within the home. Every floor of your residence should be stocked with ABE extinguishers, including the garage.

Rest assured that all home fire safety extinguishers sold by Checkpoint Group are compliant with Australian & New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1841.

What Else Do I Need?

Once you’ve installed extinguishers around your home, you will need an extinguisher location sign so that your family members and visitors to your property are aware of their location in the event of an emergency. This sign should be placed above each extinguisher.

You should also invest in fire blankets, which are an affordable safety solution that can be kept in cooking areas. They are easily mounted on the wall and ideal for quickly and effectively extinguishing a small cooking fire. They can also be wrapped around people if their clothing has caught fire.

You may also wish to install Innohome Stove Guard, which prevents cooking fires by detecting dangerous heat levels, sounding an alarm and cutting power to the cooktop. With more than 50% of house fires starting in the kitchen, this is a wise investment for the family home or senior living.

 

Checkpoint Group – Here to Help

Fire safety is not something that should be taken lightly, browse our range and prepare your home today. For further information on our home protection solutions, please contact our friendly team on 02 6284 3173 today.

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Why Is Having A Fire Marshal So Important?

With the proper training and certification a fire marshal can eliminate fire hazards from the office and respond quickly during emergency situations. This ensures the safety of the occupants of the building if something goes wrong.

Whether residential or commercial, fires destroy property, cause injuries and take lives. A fire in the workplace can also mean the loss of jobs if buildings are not rebuilt. One of the best ways to ensure these horrible effects don’t impact you is to ensure your workplace has a trained and certified fire marshal to oversee emergencies.

Fire Safety Training

Most people aren’t familiar with the procedure during a fire. Some newer employees might not be familiar with the office layout. A fire marshal can conduct operations throughout the emergency and direct people to fire exits they can use to safely exit the building. Fire safety training teaches marshals how to recognise fire hazards, conduct a risk assessment, prevent a fire and respond in an emergency.

Without a fire marshal to check every room in an office for occupants, people might be liable to ignore a fire warning and continue working and this is unsafe. Similarly, without someone to coordinate a meeting point in the event of a fire, employees might wander off and get lost. This can cause downturns to productivity and is unsafe in circumstances where everyone must be accounted for.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

A fire safety risk assessment is the first step in preventing fires. It identifies people at risk, state of emergency preparedness and effectiveness of fire controls in the workplace. An assessment identifies:

  1. Emergency exits
  2. Fire detection and warning systems
  3. Fire fighting equipment
  4. Removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
  5. The emergency fire evacuation plan
  6. The needs of vulnerable people
  7. Communication with employees during an emergency
  8. Staff fire safety training.

Duties of a Fire Marshal

It’s important that all employees in a workplace are prepared for the event of a fire. A fire marshal is able to help with this by providing directions prior to an event; in a scheduled meeting or during a fire drill. During training, a fire marshal will instruct their colleagues about the company’s emergency plan, how to activate the fire alarm, how to exit the building in the case of fire, where designated meeting areas area and how to fight fire with a fire extinguisher.

Every employee is responsible for preventing fires in the workplace. It is possible to reduce the threat of fire in the workplace by appointing a fire marshal to undergo training and, in turn, teach employees what to do in case of an emergency.

Checkpoint Group – Fire Safety Solutions for the Workplace

If you work in construction and are looking to enhance your site safety, Checkpoint Group welcome you to browse the range of fire protection equipment. By ensuring easy access to fire extinguishers and equipping your employees with the knowledge to deal with emergency situations, you can improve crisis outcomes and demonstrate a commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

 

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The Essential Supplies of a Workplace First Aid Kit

No matter your industry, it is essential that you are prepared for both minor injuries and medical emergencies. Workplace health and safety is not something to be taken lightly. By implementing first aid training protocols and providing easy access to first aid kits, you can quickly react and ensure your employees health and safety whilst on the job. Whether you’re in construction or hospitality, employees are exposed to a range of hazards including slips, trips and falls along with exposure to toxic and corrosive materials. It is crucial that you have a well-stocked first aid kid from Checkpoint Group at the ready.

The Essential Supplies in your First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen at any moment, so first aid kits should be placed at key points around your workplace. You will want to consider each specific work area and the types of hazards present, and this will enable you to pick the most appropriate first aid kit for the job.

Every good workplace first aid kit should contain, at a minimum, the following items:

  • Antiseptic
  • Cold and warm packs
  • Adhesive tape/bandage
  • Burn dressing (gel soaked)
  • Breathing barrier
  • Skin and eye wash
  • Face masks
  • Antibiotics
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Trauma pad
  • Tourniquet
  • Scissors
  • Sterile Pad
  • Splint

Different Types of First Aid Kits

Wall mounted first aid kids are always a good option as they are highly visible, affordable and contain all the basics needed to address minor injuries. It can also be very helpful to place a few bleed kits/trauma kits in areas such as break rooms or other frequently used rooms. You should also have a first aid kit operator – large workplace softpack which can be grabbed on the go and taken immediately to injured workers. For more hazardous environments, the First Aid First Responder Station would be a good choice as it contains a large amount of safety equipment as well as an alarm system, and it is mounted to a trolley for easy manoeuvrability.

There are various First Aid Equipment Options to choose from, depending on the type of hazards present in the area, you may opt for:

  • National compliant first aid kits
  • Defibrillator
  • Bleed kit/Trauma kit
  • Eyewash kit
  • CPR kit
  • Oxygen kit
  • Other custom items available

Other Important First-Aid Considerations

In addition to having a fully stocked first aid kit, you should also ensure that you have appropriate facilities such as a dressing station and dedicated first aid room somewhere on site. Remember you will also need an appropriate route and method of transportation for injured workers needing to be taken to the first aid area.

It is also important to keep note of who has accessed your first aid kits and what items were used, so that replacements can be ordered as needed to keep the kit fully stocked.

Education also plays a key role in injury prevention and management, so you should ensure your team have a comprehensive knowledge of the following:

  • Risk minimisation strategies
  • CPR
  • How to treat fractures and strains
  • Immobilising injured workers
  • How to safely handle/transport injured workers
  • How to quickly assess an injury and determine the best treatment option (e.g. treatment of burns, cuts, fractures etc)
  • How to apply a sling and dressing

Checkpoint Group – First Aid Solutions for the Workplace

If you work in construction and are looking to enhance your site safety, Checkpoint Group welcome you to browse the range of First Aid & Defibrillators. By ensuring easy access to first aid kits and equipping your employees with the knowledge to deal with emergency situations, you can improve treatment outcomes and demonstrate a commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

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Cygnus Wireless Fire Alarms – 5 Reasons to Install and Improve Construction Safety

 Construction sites are busy places full of activity, and with this activity comes a heightened level of risk to the health and safety of construction workers and visitors to the site. Accidents or unexpected events can happen at any moment, but by responding quickly you can gain control over the situation and keep your team safe. Many of Australia’s leading contractors utilise Cygnus wireless alarm systems to enhance their site safety, with these systems covering everything from site evacuation through to first aid alerts, fire detection, exclusion zone alarms and site security alarms.

Protect the safety of your workers and valuable assets with a Cygnus system from Checkpoint Group, here are 5 reasons to invest in a system and upgrade your site safety today.

  • Quick and Easy to Install

When it comes to installation, Cygnus systems couldn’t be easier. Generally speaking it takes only a few minutes to be up and running. When placing an order, just let us know the details of your project and you will be provided with project based pricing. Your alarm system can also be pre-configured to help speed up the install time. Because these systems are wireless, you don’t need to worry about pesky cables, drilling holes or adding additional protection.

  • Suitable for Sites of All Sizes

Cygnus wireless alarms are suitable for sites big and small, as they are capable of operating up to 480 devices in 15 zones. Within each zone, you can have up to 32 devices connected via the wireless mesh network. Full control over the zones can be gained using a control panel. When the alarm is sounded, the control panel will receive a notification of the exact location. The notification can be received on site staff phones or site radios. If you need to expand your system as your site grows, this is easy. Simply add new additions or move your existing wireless alarms and detectors around to suit your needs. With Cygnus, you can enjoy efficient and reliable full site protection.

  • Reliable, Strong Connection

It is critical that your wireless alarm system is functional in all conditions, and Cygnus has been purpose designed to operate in modern construction sites – many of which feature dense concrete and complex steel structures. Many different radio frequencies can be used on site at the same time, and Cygnus has been tested to operate in open air environments at distances over 1km. The network meshing system utilised by Cygnus ensures a stable and reliable connection on site.

  • Cutting Edge Technology

Utilising the latest technologies, Cygnus systems give you full control over the performance of your devices. You can monitor the status of all your devices using the control panel, and you will also be notified of any signal faults and low batteries. Rapid innovations in technology have made it possible for wireless fire alarms to overtake the traditional wired units in a short span of time.

  • Adapted to Your Needs

Each site requires different solutions. Cygnus alarm solutions cover all bases, enabling you to quickly install intruder alarms, fire alarms, interface units and first aid alert facilities in a matter of minutes. With all needs covered, you can rest assured that your site and workers are safe and sound.

 

Enhance Your Site Safety – Contact Checkpoint Group Today

Checkpoint Group are a leading construction safety solutions provider and a proud distributor of Cygnus wireless alarm systems. Contact us today, and well tailor the right solution for your site requirements. Call now on 02 6284 3173 or send an enquiry via our website, we look forward to assisting you.