How our people secured your world
There are more than 550,000 G4S employees worldwide. Here, a handful share how their workplace has changed in the worst global pandemic in 100 years.
GHANA | QUARTEY | G4S CONTRACT MANAGER FOR THE GHANA HEALTH SERVICE
“Access control is tighter than ever,” Quartey, the Ghana Health Service Contract Manager for G4S, said. “Many more people are coming here and lots of logistics and donations are being brought here... We are the 'eyes' of Ghana Health Service, you cannot enter the compound without our permission. We insist that the right things be done.”
Quartey said he is personally much more cautious about hygiene. "For example, I wash my hands every 15 to 20 minutes and when I feel I have touched something that I am unsure about. The men and women on this contract give their best.
IRAQ | Mohammed | Supervisor and Security Officer at Baghdad International Airport
“I work at Baghdad airport in security,” he said. “I check paperwork to enter the airport, also passenger information, badges for everyone entering. I need to ensure passengers are kept safe while entering the airport and they have a safe trip.”
Mohammed is a friendly face for those arriving, but even he has had to change how he interacts with his colleagues and people he knows. “I no longer greet people with hugs or shake hands,” he said. “We have to keep extra clean and keep space between us all.”
THAILAND | JANCHUREE | SECURITY OFFICER AT BANGKOK MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM (BTS SKYTRAIN)
In the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, Janchuree protects passengers and key workers who are still going about their jobs. She wears personal protection equipment, and is the friendly face many people see in the midst of a pandemic. “My job is to maintain a safe and secure environment for passengers and employees,” she said.
“These services are necessary and create a safe environment for all those people who travel every day. This reduces the risk of being infected.” Her role has changed dramatically in recent months. Now, security officers practice strict social distancing and follow all G4S and BTS guidelines.
“I need to wear a face mask throughout the day to prevent germs,” she said, “and to prevent any disruption to my important role of helping clients.”
USA | Lisa & Krystle | Upscale Security Officers at a daycare centre for children of healthcare employees
Krystle said there had been huge changes to on-site security procedures. “While our regular duties have us patrolling and protecting the building and its users from insider or outsider threats, we are now also in charge of mask wearing, hand sanitising, social distancing and temperature checks,” she said. They have also sought to limit building access and put in place strict rules for picking up and dropping off children.
“We went from helping our neighbours to distancing from our neighbours, which was sad and confusing,” Lisa said. “We’ve had to take serious action and adapt our role to enforce the rules and guidelines to keep people safe, while showing kindness and compassion."
UK | Sue | Security Officer and temporary fever screener, Hinkley Point C
"Everyone has their temperature taken,” she said. “Anything above 37.4C, a healthcare team gets involved. There are broadcast systems telling people to keep their distance. Thermal imaging picks up everyone’s temperature very quickly.”
G4S has been providing enhanced security services on the site for years, protecting thousands of people and millions of pounds worth of equipment while maintaining order on the 430-acres inside the ever-evolving perimeter. Hinkley Point C has many steps in place to prevent the spread of infection on site, including social distancing measures, reducing numbers and, through the work of people like Sue, monitoring the health of everyone entering the site. Sue worked as a cleaner before joining G4S and going through the extensive training for Enhanced Security Officers.
“They are more conscious of distance and hygiene, using alcohol sanitiser gel, and we’ve also got social distancing on buses. We’ve adapted and things have changed a lot.