Welcome Natasha Ryan to the PRS team!

We are very excited to announce that on Monday January 11th, 2021 Natasha Ryan joins the Premier Risk Solutions management team as Director of Business Development & Communications!  Natasha comes to us after an award-winning career with ~20 years of work in media and communications, spanning time on both coasts of the U.S.  Natasha is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area where company headquarters of operations is located.  Having been a recipient of protective services in her prior profession as well as a self-professed “military brat”, she has a keen understanding and appreciation for all things in the private security profession. … Read More

Top 11 Event Safety Practices for Reopening

reopening safelyAs the United States continues to plan for its reopening post the COVID-19 pandemic crisis of early 2020, events of all scales and sizes from the small gathering of a handful of people to larger stadium-sized gatherings of thousands of people are a big part of the US economy.  Data sourced from the Events Industry Council in their 2016 US economic significance study indicated there were 5.9m jobs with $249b of labor income generated from them, $104b of taxes at all levels and $446b towards US gross domestic product.  Since the 2020 study is not yet available, 2016 was the most recent to review these statistics. … Read More

The Use for People Science in the Evolution of Executive Protection

Premier Risk Solutions LLC (PRS) has created a new, fresh approach towards the Executive Protection industry. After listening to a group of cross representation of select end-users and subject matter experts, we have listened to the current and future opportunities that they have identified, gaps in the marketplace when considering the qualities of an individual agent(s) on Executive Protection assignments, and what the industry is already doing at a high level. Based on their experience working with Executive Protection providers these are the top five areas that they deem are most important for agents:

  1. High Level Professionalism & Appearance
  2. Ability to Communicate at All Levels
  3. Experienced Personnel
  4. Responsiveness
  5. Flexible and Adaptable

 

In short summary, these five qualities are required for an ideal candidate for Executive Protection agent positions can be summed up as highly trained, situationally aware, emotionally intelligent individuals who represent and carry themselves (and ergo their employer and client/principal) extremely well.… Read More

FSMA Intentional Adulteration Final Rule – US FDA Mitigation Strategies Update

This week afforded us another excellent installment of the webinar series with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts. A further discuss of the Intentional Adulteration (IA) Rule was very informative. The focus of this call was Mitigation Strategies.

I thought I would highlight some important take-aways that I made note of and that may assist my Food Defense colleagues out there who missed this call.

  1. The FDA outlined several Key Terms with very specific meanings in the IA world worth noting:
    1. Vulnerability – The susceptibility of a point, step or procedure in a facility’s food process to IA.
    2. Significant Vulnerability (SV) – A vulnerability that, if exploited, could reasonably be expected to cause wide scale public health harm.
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Workplace Violence – Are Your Canadian Operations Complying with the Law?

As many of our clients are discovering, offices and a host of other workplaces in the Province of Ontario, Canada are presenting them with new legal obligations to protect their employees from Workplace Violence and Harassment. The Ontario Ministry of Labour Health and Safety inspectors enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This Act is to facilitate a strong Internal Responsibility System (IRS) in your workplace.

Most immediately, companies with operations in Ontario, Canada need to be aware of these requirements:

  1. An employer MUST assess the risk of workplace violence and present a full plan to the joint health and safety committee or to a health and safety representative [OHSA s.
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SecurityGuyTV.com Interview at ASIS International 2017 Conference

Managing Director | Consulting, Joe Zaccaria, was interviewed by SecurityGuyTV.com while attending the annual ASIS International Conference in Dallas, TX on September 26, 2017.  Learn more insights on our knowledge base and offerings by watching his 5 minute interview!

 

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The Law of Magnetism as applied to Executive Protection

 

According to leadership expert John Maxwell, the Law of Magnetism is one of 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.  At its core, this law states that who you are is who you attract.  If one is to believe in a set of values they will attract talent who also believes in the same set of values.  In the security profession, we pride ourselves on being discrete with our employer’s & client’s information, honest in our communication, and innovative in our thought-process towards our approach to problems. These are all terrific traits; but how do we know before hiring someone to our team that they will meet the job benchmarks and fit into the team environment & corporate culture created?… Read More

Protecting Food Against Intentional Adulteration

A NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY MONTH – SPECIAL POST

INTRODUCTION

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule provides us with guidance and law related to protecting food from intentional acts of contamination. To prevent an act of intentional adulteration (IA) that could cause harm to the public on a large scale, the FDA is implementing risk-reducing strategies to combat IA, as detailed in a recently required Food Defense Plan.

Strategies to build this plan include:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Mitigation Strategies
    • Monitoring
    • Corrective Actions
    • Verification
  • Training and Record keeping

THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

The Vulnerability Assessment is the major starting step in the process.… Read More

Navigating the Complexities of California SB 1299: What Does It Mean for Other States?

Past, Present and Future
Healthcare providers across the nation continue to grapple with increasing incidents of violence and how to select productive mitigation strategies that promote a safe environment while protecting patient care. This is despite the Joint Commission Sentinel Alert issued in 2010 which attempted to address escalating violence. Much debate has ensued since about how best to curb violence. As a result, many programs were introduced to protect clinicians including training on the early indicators of potential violence, de-escalation techniques, timeliness when requesting assistance from law enforcement, mental health intervention, drills, personal alarm devices and self-defense. Greater demands have been placed on security officers to be proactive and present when a patient has the potential to become aggressive.… Read More

PRS Launches New Secure Case & Project Management Portal

On May 15, 2017, Premier Risk Solutions made a significant investment in custom technology that will bring our service to a new level. Our technology partner PODIO supplies a secure (financial institution grade encrypted) SaaS solution for all of our case/project management, tracking, contract signing and execution, event security, customer relationship management and more.

Over the next little while, Podio will be helping PRS to create a custom portal that will greatly automate our case and project processes, in a secure environment. From the client perspective, by engaging PRS for your important projects, you will realize the following:

  • Instant encrypted portal access through the PRS website Client Portal into a PRS case/project area.
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