May 3, 2022
Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Joining Justin Smulison today to discuss workplace violence, public safety, and active shooter preparedness, is guest expert, Lauris Freidenfelds! Lauris Freidenfelds is the Vice President of Security Risk Consulting for Telgian Engineering & Consulting, responsible for the project management of complex projects, focusing on security and emergency management. His 40+ years of experience include extensive knowledge of operational security, technology, and emergency management programs.
In this episode, Lauris lends his knowledge and insights into what risk management professionals need to know about public violence and how it can impact their organization’s emergency preparedness programs. He shares examples of good practices regarding security plans and emergency preparedness, advice for risk managers, and key takeaways as we fast approach the middle of 2022.
[:01] About the RIMS Membership.
[:15] About RIMScast.
[:27] About today’s episode with Lauris Freidenfelds!
[:35] Upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops.
[1:36] More about today’s episode.
[2:20] Justin welcomes Lauris Freidenfelds to RIMScast.
[2:26] A brief history of Lauris’ career in risk management and consulting.
[3:28] Recently, there was a high-profile incident where smoke grenades were set off in a crowded subway car. With people coming back to work and using public transportation, what does Lauris think that organizations and risk professionals should take away from an incident like this?
[5:20] When workplace violence occurs, is it a time for organizations and risk professionals to do some refresher exercises from prior training, or, is time to update?
[6:38] When you have public transportation close to your office or place of business, does that factor into emergency preparedness?
[7:52] The origin story of “Run, Hide, Fight.”
[8:23] Are you required to work with a risk manager to develop a workplace violence preparedness plan?
[9:56] RIMS plug time! About the RIMS Buyers Guide and the RIMS App!
[12:18] Lauris discusses security plans, how technology evolved, and what is commonly missing from technology assessments.
[15:17] How would we plan for a scenario where the shooter or attacker blends in with the crowd? (For example, what happened in the Parkland shooting in Florida.)
[16:52] Does Lauris feel that there is more of a spotlight on risk professionals as we approach the middle of 2022 now that businesses are reopening?
[18:22] What Lauris wishes every risk management professional knew.
[19:30] Lauris highlights an industry that he believes is doing a great job training its employees with regard to safety/security preparedness.
[20:52] Lauris’ parting words of wisdom to the global risk management community.
[21:35] Justin thanks Lauris Freidenfelds for joining the podcast and shares some of the links to check in today’s show notes.
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“I appreciate the fact that [risk managers] are becoming more proactive and understand that we can protect against everything.” — Lauris Freidenfelds
“Healthcare focuses on training staff and is willing to take the time to … do that. Too often, I think people look at the security training … as non-productive time … [but] healthcare understands that this is continual education … [and] does it better.” — Lauris Freidenfelds
“Look at [safety prepardness] as a team approach. Look to your resources, security, legal — everybody — and bring it to the table of leadership as a team, as opposed to [individually]. I think that’s the most effective way to do it.” — Lauris Freidenfelds