Amthal launches debate on commercial building fire and security issues by publishing White Paper

Amthal Fire & Security has launched a new White Paper considering fire and security measures in commercial applications.

The White Paper, which focuses on security in commercial applications, looks at issues faced by commercial owners, including employee theft, property and desperation crime, together with the emerging issues surrounding cyber crime threats that have only recently entered police crime statistics.

Also investigated in the discussion document are the fire and security implications of changing workplace practices, including the natural encouragement of flexible working and rapid adoption of Bring Your Own Device.

Jamie Allam, commercial director of Amthal Fire & Security and author of the White Paper, informed Risk UK: “Through the development of technology, today’s workplace has evolved from people sitting in allocated desks through structured hours to many companies adopting an agile approach to how their workforce operates. Together with the rapid adoption of Bring Your Own Device, this means that staff are entering and exiting buildings on a much more fluid basis with personal valuable equipment – all of which has serious implications for the fire and security requirements to protect people, premises and assets on site.”

Allam continued: “In this White Paper, we’ve attempted not only to raise awareness of these real issues, but also to tie-in current crime statistic concerns. Our aim is to show how security and facilities professionals can navigate an effective way forward by providing the necessary fire safety and security measures in a commercial environment.”

In conclusion, Allam stated: “While we hope this White Paper offers necessary guidance and support, we also realise that we’re opening the discussion on what’s really a very complex and challenging debate.We look forward to opinions, experience and comments so that, together with our supply chain partners, we can continue to deliver fire and security solutions that safeguard the future of commercial buildings.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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