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CCTV in the Workplace

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Many employers make use of security systems, such as CCTV in the workplace, to not only monitor their employees, but to also ensure their team members and property are safe.

In the latest blog post by Wilson Alarms Ltd, we take a look at CCTV in the workplace and the key points to consider when it comes to workplace security.

It is not uncommon for employers to want to monitor their employees, after all they have a business to protect and typically want the best for each of their team members. The Data Protection Act does not prevent employers monitoring their staff, however, privacy should also be respected.

Does the Employee Know?

It is important to note that if you are monitoring your employees, you inform them in a written contract of how such monitoring will take place. What’s more, those monitored should be aware of how long any information collected will be kept for.

Any monitoring carried out by CCTV cameras should be completely, justified and not excessive for its cause.

Security in the Workplace

There are many ways in which an employer can monitor their staff and some ways include:

CCTV
Monitoring browser history
Listening/recording telephone conversations
Performing regular bag/coat searches
Email monitoring

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) explains that under the Data Protection Act, if an employer gives a specific reason for monitoring to be in place, such as theft, the footage may then not be used for another reason.

Here at Wilson Alarm Systems Ltd, we have been advising both individuals and businesses for many years on the most appropriate type of security systems for their requirements. If you are considering CCTV in the workplace, speak to the friendly team at Wilson Alarm Systems Ltd today. Please call 0116 245 3030 or head over to our online contact form.