Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts
Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Can employers make unvaccinated workers pay for COVID tests?

Can #employers make #unvaccinated #workers pay for COVID tests? Here’s what to know | #TpromoCom | #COVID19 | The new federal rule announced Nov. 4 passes the buck to employees who don’t get a coronavirus vaccine. Experts called the decision “unprecedented.” 

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Tucked in the nearly 500-page document detailing the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for millions of American workers was an unexpected provision — employers don’t have to pay for unvaccinated workers to get tested. (read more)

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

OSHA: Do Masks Stop the Virus Responsible for COVID-19?

#OSHA: Do #Masks Stop the Virus Responsible for #COVID-19? | #TpromoCom | Confusion abounds where it comes to cloth masks and the CDC's suggested mandates related to everyone wearing them. 

By the time we get to the streets where workers and patrons are expected to wear them, something gets lost in the mandate, I mean the translation. The following snippet comes from OSHA's  FAQ webpage. There will be a link at the end for you to use to get even more information: 
CDC provides information about face coverings as one type of mask among other types of masks. OSHA differentiates face coverings from the term “mask” and from respirators that meet OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard.

Cloth face coverings:

  • May be commercially produced or improvised (i.e., homemade).
  • Should be made of at least 2 layers of a tightly woven breathable fabric, such as cotton.
  • Are worn over the nose and mouth to contain the wearer's potentially infectious respiratory particles produced when they cough, sneeze, or talk and to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), to others.
  • Are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (e.g., N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (e.g., surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are required to protect the wearer.
  • May be used by almost any worker, although those who have trouble breathing or are otherwise unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance should not wear one.
  • May be disposable or reusable after proper washing.
  • May provide some level of protection for the wearer from others' respiratory particles.


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Saturday, May 1, 2021

+7 Million Security Practitioners are unleased by CAPSI (India), and ISIO (Global) on a mission.

+7 Million Security Practitioners are unleased by CAPSI (India), and ISIO (Global) on a mission | #TpromoCom #CAPSI #ISIO #COVID10 #AI | MISSION: Integrate the Security Industry into the Covid-19 mitigation process by contributing methodologies for Biological Threat Security and Standards for Compliance On the 30th of April, The Chairman of CAPSI, Mr Kunwar Vikram Singh and Director General of ISIO Juan Kirsten addressed the topic of Biological Threat Security.

Until now the health community has contributed three protocols for limiting the collateral damage of the active mutating biological threat, namely. chemical testing besides hygiene and social interaction. The health community should now take the step now by mandating the private security industry that manages the protocols on the ground using security protocols for the threat.

The private security industry is larger than many policing or military unit in most countries. The security industry personnel along with technology and equipment screen people before entering sites. The security industry actually manages and facilitates the health protocols on the ground.

It is impossible to chemical test everybody every and many times a day. The Security industry does electronically test every day and many times a day for the temperatures of people because the population pass through a security access point be it at a building or any other shelter under a roof or an open-air site.

Regarding the social interaction: the security practitioners manage the entry control to sites and therefore manages social interactions. They differ from other front-liners because they could easily manage aggressive and violent behavior. We do know that people shout and could spit into the eyes of a person out of contempt. The eyes being just as porous as the mouth could easily be an entry source of a viral transmission. This means that security practitioners handle life impacting or deadly outcomes daily.

Tailing related issues threats

The outcome of the threat is the economic meltdown. When customers avoid going to a site, the site loses money. Subsequently, by using protocols that are related to layering the manpower by skillsets along with people that have characteristics then there will be peace of mind. This method will enhance profit protection and therefore provides a stronger form of financial security of a site.

There is crime related to the threat and the outcome of the threat. By identifying and reducing the crime levels then the profit margins of the site are secured. Consequently, the more people that enter the site the more money is generated.

All the above dictates that the security sector is a vital stakeholder and contributor towards reducing the number of people or business fatalities and will provide a secure pathway for economic recovery.

This is needed because the illegal economy is growing at a phenomenal rate because transnational, locally organized and gang crime is feeding off the desperate.

Each site is different with distinct demands. There are therefore different protocols for distinct fields of interest, for example, there would be unique protocols for a rehabilitation center to a mall to a stadium. This is not a one size fits all kind-of-thing.

Methodologies and Standards

Security success for the Active Mutating Biological Threat

Security success depends on the level of situational awareness of the people on the ground (all are decision-makers) and their reaction speed (Juan Kirsten 2018). When it comes to handling an active biological threat – reaction speed is vital.

Practitioners armed with the first of its kind ‘’Certified for Biological Threat Security (CBTS)’’ is required to site manage, train and assess all sites for the Certificate of Compliance for security covid-19 protocols(COC19).

This sets the respected standard that is required for such a threat because there is technology and equipment that is regarded as illegal in some countries besides being incorrectly installed and used haphazardly

Furthermore, the front-liners must be layered by skillsets to reduce the number of aggressive incidents that could lead to mass infections of the security practitioners besides the population in general. Also, the officers that may have a high probability of infection by interacting with aggressive situations and therefore must be using medical grade masks and their eyes must be protected by face shields or goggles.

Educating the Site Managers, Trainers and Assessors

The education must be the easiest and most effective method because reaction speed is vital. The foundation for situational awareness is well known in the security industry. All ground practitioners are trained in the concept of such. However, we have to expand the concept of situational awareness towards human awareness, equipment awareness and aggressive behaviour awareness besides cultural awareness.

All the practitioners on the ground are decision-makers whereas there should be no fear attached to the making of decisions. Reaction speed is vital when it involves an active mutating biological threat.

The Compliance Procedures considering the laws of the land in the respective location:

  • Legitimate Technology and Equipment

  • Installs and users the technology or equipment correctly

  • Manpower to be equipped and layered by skillsets besides being knowledgeable on security cv19 protocols for their field of responsibility

Protocols based on sound security principles

These CV-19 security protocols are based on intensive research which fuelled the security and operational protocol guide for managing COVID-19 in March 2020. These have been reviewed by Professor Larry Barton and Dr Rommel Manwong (Prof). This was followed by the release of booklets for COVID-19 building security protocols and housing protocols produced by Jean-Pierre Roux (MPhil) prior to starting his Doctoral (joint-PhD) research at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Using AI

AI for Security Criminology-Risk Investigation must also address cv-19 protocol considerations when merging technology, equipment and manpower. From the incident reporting the managers can assess the flare up points and address the issues with layered and appropriate skillsets. This all must be considered because the security industry just like all others are shifting and adapting to the 4th industrial revolution.


This initiative is important because it is impossible to inoculate the entire globe within weeks. In some countries it could take still a good year to begin making impact. The point is – is that this is a mutating beast that can change shape. The security industry must have awareness of comprehending that this is an active biological threat that must be treated with the respect and addressed accordingly by using security covid-19 protocols.

Therefore, we are inviting all stakeholders to participate as territorial boundaries are not respected by the virus.
All must work together toward limiting the levels of collateral damage.

We must acknowledge those that have suffered in anyway due to the health or business impacted by these multiple threats and do thank all practitioners, technology and equipment providers along with the educators for their service.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hybrid Event: ISC West Making Major Change In Format

ISC West moving to hybrid format | #TpromoCom #ISC #Security #Event | On the heels of tight Nevada reopening restrictions, event to offer a digital attendee option (securityinfowatch)

With uncertainty still surrounding the viability of large-scale in-person events in the United States, many security industry trade shows and conferences have been forced to adjust for the second time in as many years. 

In early March, Electronic Security Expo organizers announced it would go fully virtual, canceling its planned live June event in Louisville, Ky. Later in March, ASIS International announced its decision to convert GSX 2021, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 27-29 in Orlando, into a hybrid event featuring both in-person and online attendance options.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

ASSA ABLOY and Allegion discuss #COVID19-related #technology options and strategies at virtual event

ASSA ABLOY and Allegion discuss #COVID19-related #technology options and strategies at virtual event | #TpromoCom | The future is touchless – that was the message from security industry heavyweights ASSA ABLOY and Allegion at the recent virtual ISC West show [last November]. (Will Christensen)

Representatives of both companies delivered presentations during the event that covered much of the same ground with a few slight differences; however, the big takeaway is that touchless door openings will be a major part of each company’s strategy for the foreseeable future.

Noting how the COVID-19 pandemic has led more than 60 percent of the U.S. and Canadian workforce to work from home, “it demands a great amount of creativity and innovation to navigate this crisis,” said Mark Duato, executive vice president of Aftermarket Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. (read more)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

24% of US broadband households with fixed broadband service likely to upgrade in the next six months

24% of US broadband households with fixed #broadband service likely to upgrade in the next six months | #TpromoCom #Trending | New research addresses continuing impact of #COVID19 on broadband usage, CE product adoption, OTT service stacking, and churn rates

Parks Associates today released a new Quantified Consumer study, COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment, which reveals that in 3Q 2020, more than 50% of US broadband households reported that their broadband usage has increased since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. While consumers report broadband performance is keeping pace with the increased demand, in Q3 2020, 24% of fixed broadband households reported plans to upgrade their speed in the next six months, compared to 18% in 2Q 2020.

“Broadband upgrade plans indicate many households see some COVID-19-related changes as permanent,” said Steve Nason, Research Director, Parks Associates. “For video services, OTT service stacking has been particularly pronounced, with 45% of US broadband households subscribing to three or more OTT services. Many consumers are planning to add new services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Peacock as a permanent part of their OTT service portfolio, beyond the traditional Big 3: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.”

COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment examines the impact of COVID-19 on service providers and consumer adoption and satisfaction throughout the communications, consumer technology, and entertainment and home services sectors. The research reports COVID-19 continues to widen the OTT/pay-TV gap. As many across the US remain homebound, households are continually relying on video content to fill their time outside of work and school. Within video services, COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of video viewers accessing OTT offerings at much higher rates than a pay-TV service via a traditional or online provider.

“Many traditional pay-TV subscribers are migrating to online pay-TV offerings or standalone OTT services,” Nason said. “Traditional providers, who still comprise the majority of the pay-TV market, have to continually seek ways to integrate online video services into their offerings either through homegrown solutions or external partnerships.”

For more information on COVID-19: Impact on Communications and Entertainment and other studies, contact To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Rosey Ulpino at, 972.996.0233.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Healthcare's New Normal

#Healthcare's New Normal | #TpromoCom #NewNormal #Technology #COVID19
| Integrators and end-users have pivoted with the times as security work must go on despite COVID restrictions (

Providing security in a healthcare setting has often been called diverse and complex – this type of environment presents numerous challenges to security systems integrators due to patient privacy concerns, the need to constantly maintain a clean workspace environment, and also because hospitals are open 365 days a year.

COVID-19 has made this environment even more complicated, as healthcare security directors shift gears to address the security issues immediately in front of them – ensuring patients, staff and contractors are safe to enter the premises, implementing measures to support a touchless environment, and leveraging existing technologies to patrol areas and support contact tracing.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Virdee and SALTO Systems Partner to Deliver Contactless Arrival and Entry Solutions Across the Built Environment

Virdee and SALTO Systems Partner to Deliver Contactless Arrival and Entry Solutions Across the Built Environment
 | #TpromoCom #AccessControl #EAC #Security | Integration accelerates the roll out of Virdee’s industry-leading API-first, contactless check-in and check-out solutions.

Virdee, a SaaS company serving the lodging, multifamily and commercial real estate industries, has announced a partnership with SALTO Systems, a leading manufacturer of electronic access control solutions. The integration provides a powerful answer to the market’s demand for contactless arrival options by leveraging Virdee’s advanced ID verification module and the ability for guests to video chat with a remote agent before accessing a property.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19

29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19 | #TpromoCom #COVID19 #Business #Financial | New research examines the shifting SMB landscape caused by COVID-19 and assesses new technological and communication needs

Recent research from Parks Associates’ New SMB Landscape: Devices, Communication, Security, Support reveals nearly 29% of SMBs report their company is at risk of going out of business due to COVID-19. The public health crisis and months of shelter-in-place orders have had a dramatic impact on SMBs in particular. New SMB Landscape: Devices, Communication, Security, Support, a primary study of US SMBs, provides insights on technology adoption and needs among SMB owners and IT personnel and examines the changes taking place as a result of reduced budgets and broad-scale shifts to work from home.

“SMBs at risk of going out of business are spending on technology products and services to transform their businesses to new conditions and overcome the existential challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates. “SMBs need their IT device vendors and service providers to be supportive and flexible, becoming trusted partners in pivoting their operations to new market realities.”

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

COVID-19: When the Numbers Simply Don't Add Up!

There are times in life when truth is stranger than fiction. Truthfully, the COVID-19 Pandemic is exactly that--stranger than fiction. In fact, the issue of a pandemic IS FICTION. 

It's my firm belief that unless we as business people do not gain a firm understanding of what's going on here with the COVID-19 Lockdowns, that we're NOT going to have a business in the end with which to earn our livings as well as help our employees do the same. You must look at the numbers and frankly, we're not and the popular news media aren't either. 

By the CDC's own numbers: