A veritable explosion of high-security accommodation has replaced private accommodation as parents become increasingly concerned about the safety and well-being of their children in new and unfamiliar environments. It goes beyond helicopter parenting and is the direct result of increases in violent crime, high rape statistics and the trafficking of people across the globe. In response, high-security buildings have emerged as the solution to the problem that extends beyond accommodation to government buildings, corporate offices and research institutions.

The cleaning and security in these high-security buildings is a complex process that requires special attention and care. These need to be secure environments with the highest standards of privacy and necessitate strict cleaning and maintenance protocols.

Rigorous screening and training

The recruitment and training of suitable candidates to clean high-security buildings is critical to ensure that there are no security breaches from within the confounds of the space. This process requires elaborate background checks, verification of references, and security clearance which professional service solutions companies like us provide.  

At Red Alert, we streamline the recruitment process to ensure that our candidates are vetted properly and consistently trained so that we can confidently offer the highest levels of service to customers in this space. Our training division, Khusela, has grown out of our need for specific training courses that address the evolving needs of our clients so that our staff receive all the training they need to get the job done right.

Those selected for positions in these buildings are required to undergo further training on security protocols, confidentiality agreements, and the specific requirements of the building.

Access control

Controlling access is a top priority in high-security buildings. Our security and guarding division recommend multi-level systems that include the use of electronic key cards, biometric scans, and other access control systems that allow for monitoring and controlled access of authorised personnel in restricted areas. By doing so, it reduces the chances of unauthorised people gaining access to sensitive information.

Supervision and monitoring

All cleaning activities need to be closely supervised. The management of the building or company can appoint security liaisons or full-time supervisors to watch the cleaning and maintenance staff to ensure that they follow security protocols and schedules. Surveillance cameras can also be used to monitor the activities in the building.

Strict cleaning schedules

To maintain high-security buildings, it is imperative that security protocols and strict schedules are enforced. Times should be scheduled carefully and take into consideration the shift changes of security personnel to minimise disruptions. Ideally, cleaning should be done during “quiet hours” so building managers could request after-hours cleaning services to reduce interference with security operations.

Waste management

The safe disposal of waste, especially of sensitive documents and materials, is a grave consideration for cleaning in high-security buildings. A minimum requirement to safeguard against people who access discarded information should be the use of shredders and secure waste containers.

Communication and emergency protocols

Secure communication lines need to be created between the cleaning group, the security staff, and the administration to preserve security and privacy. Additionally, cleaning staff should be given some form of response procedures in case emergencies occur. Create lockdown or evacuation procedures that can guide the staff to take quick and effective measures in critical emergencies.

Security drills

Security drills should be conducted periodically and should involve the cleaning staff for testing their reactions to security incidents. These drills enable all personnel to better prepare for emergencies and reassert the need for security measures prior to, during, and following the cleaning regimen.

In summary, cleaning in high security buildings is not a simple task, as it requires a balance between safety and hygiene. The cooperation between building management, security staff, and cleaning personnel is one of the main keys to attaining this fine balance and maintaining the quality of high-security establishments.