Covid-19 Security Update – PPE, Electronic Security Providers with Resource Capacity and Recognition for our Workers

PPE
Despite government assurances that PPE will be available for all essential service providers it is evident that there are shortages impacting across a number of industries and that there will be some supply chain delays. The issuing of PPE is being managed through MBIE and District Health Boards with priority placed on front-line health care and emergency service workers.

We have registered our industry need for masks, gloves and sanitiser but do not expect an immediate resolution to the existing supply constraints.

We are also working with a local importer of hygiene products and they are hopeful of being able to provide package offers to NZSA members by Monday. This will be communicated as soon as we receive confirmation.

Electronic Security Providers with Resource Capacity
We have received advice from a national service provider that they may be seeking additional resource capacity to maintain service coverage for large essential service entities. They have asked if we can identify smaller regionally-based members who have resource capacity and may be able to assist. If interested, please contact Gary on gary@security.org.nz and he will facilitate an introduction.

Recognition for our Workers
Whilst we may be at the very early stages of the Level 4 Alert lockdown, we believe it is appropriate to recognise the efforts of all involved in adapting to such a rapidly evolving situation and in particular, the superlative efforts of our security staff operating at the front line.

News articles this week have regularly featured security staff performing critical duties in supporting the ongoing provision of essential services, be it directing traffic at drive-thru Covid-19 testing centres, keeping hospitals and supermarkets safe and secure or ensuring on-going security of buildings. Without exception those who have appeared on the news have been well presented and utilising PPE, professional in the performance of their duties and a real credit to the security industry.

This is a situation we never wish to see repeated however it has been heartening to receive positive feedback from many government agencies, heads of other industry associations and our customers, recognising the value of the services being provided by our workers and complementing the industry and our people on the way we have stood up to date.

There are challenges we still face in securing PPE and adapting to an ever-changing environment but we should be proud of what we are achieving and the role we are playing.

Please note that we will available outside business hours and over the weekend if you have any urgent requests for guidance or assistance. Contact Gary on gary@security.org.nz or 021 122 9606.

Stay safe and keep well.

From the NZSA team.