Benefits of Cap Guard in the Security Industry
Cap Guard protects personnel in high contact occupations
It is estimated the security industry in the United States has grown to a $350 billion dollar market with $282 billion dollars in the private sector and another $69 billion spent by the Federal Government with a combined employment of over two million security personnel.
It is an industry known for high social contact. On average, prior to the pandemic, TSA workers processed over 2.5 million people through our nation’s airports daily. Security personnel, across a variety of sectors, are struggling with effective ways to protect themselves and those with whom they come in contact, while balancing between employer, municipal, State, and Federal regulations which are, at most times, conflicting. Many security personnel are wearing masks to serve as face coverings, either self-supplied or supplied by an employer – all with varying degrees of effectiveness and re-use due to continuing periodic PPE shortages. Other than the medical industry N95 mask standard, everything else is not created equal.
Cap Guard face shields, sourced and manufactured in the United States of 100% recyclable and FDA compliant mounts with innovative patent pending live hinge clips to and brim on a visor or baseball style cap. The optically clear lens is made is thermoformed, highly-durable, scratch resistant plastic. Providing an environmental hygienic social barrier, Cap Guard shields cover one’s full face and the apex curve permits the wearer to safely wear eyeglasses that won’t fog. They are also re-usable and easily sanitized. A face shield is an acceptable form of face covering and can assist in reducing transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the community setting.
Eli N. Perencevich, M.D., M.S., Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, recently gave an interview in which he said, “…face shields are both source control and protecting yourself from the droplets (respiratory) landing anywhere on your face.” Perencevich recently wrote additional commentary on the efficacy of face shields, “They are comfortable to wear, protect the portals of viral entry, and reduce the potential for autoinoculation by preventing the wearer from touching their face.” William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, states, “A face shield provides a barrier for anything going out, but also for things going in.” Another supportive observation comes from Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Adalja feels face shields have the potential to be more effective than face masks alone because, “…people are much less likely to touch their face when wearing a face shield. They can also be taken off and cleaned. In many ways, they’re a much more attractive option.”
Cap Guard facilitates immediate and effective communication
The primary role of any security specialist is the protection and safety of people. The most important interpersonal skill any security operative can possess is the ability to effectively interface and communicate. Verbal communication is a combination of chosen words, order of word delivery, modulation, tone, and inflection. Non-verbal communication is just as significant, if not more so, than verbal communication. Types of non-verbal communication include facial expressions, lip movement, arm gestures, general body language, body angle to another, and proximity of distance between two people in communication. Facial expressions are essential as they have the ability to either emphasize or emit a contradictory message to one’s verbal communication, and even when there are no words spoken.
The Cap Guard face shield is the clear choice face covering alternative that facilitates both verbal and non-verbal communication skills by permitting visibility of one’s face and all the information that can be conveyed with facial expressions and lip movement. Albert Mehrabian Ph.D., a major figure in the study of non-verbal communication, in his book Silent Messages proffered that a total feeling between two people equaled 7% verbal feeling + 38% vocal feeling + 55% facial feeling. Simply put, one’s facial expression will always dominate and determine the impact of the total message between two parties. In an environment where face coverings are required, a face shield permits the most effective communication.
For a security specialist, communication must be fast, direct, efficient, and clear. Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D., a professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst wrote in a Psychology Today blog post, “In a time when nearly everyone is wearing some type of lower facial covering, you’re left with the need to determine how the people around you are feeling with very limited cues.” The ability for a security specialist’s face to be fully seen by the public upon initial communication is critical.
Cap Guard facilitates security personnel identification
A running source of humor are memes and satire on how, as a result of wearing masks in the era of COVID-19, one can no longer get their cell phones to unlock with facial recognition. Extrapolating past cell phone inconveniences, the lack of facial recognition abilities is compromising every aspect of the security industry. “Facial recognition is a part of some security solutions, but with people wearing masks now, the technology’s effectiveness can be reduced... skeptics say that the adjustments will not be simple, since the area of the face that can be used for identification purposes is basically cut in half,” wrote Ron Hawkins, Director of Industry Relations, Security Industry Association in an article titled What COVID-19 & Masks Mean for the Security Industry.
With nearly everyone required to wear masks indoors and many choosing to do such voluntarily in areas where regulations are less stringent, it’s become much harder to verify another’s identity, and even to verify the security specialist’s identity. Photographic ID worn on lanyards around the security specialist’s neck are rendered almost useless when the specialist is wearing a mask that covers more than half of their face. This corresponding conflict in immediate confirmation of identification is rife for escalation in situations that require instant recognition of parties and effective directive communication. One needs to be able to positively recognize the security specialist and hear verbal commands clearly upon emission.
The Cap Guard face shield provides for a complete facial view that can be instantly compared to a suspended photographic ID and permits full visibility of the security specialist’s lip movements so there is no confusion who is speaking and possibly giving directives in a time of urgency.
Cap Guard goes to the airport
The security specialists with the TSA have been hard hit by COVID-19. As front-line personnel, they interact with a high volume of the public daily not only in social situations, but also in direct contact with a person’s personal items and body. The numbers reflect such. An article in Government Executive by Eric Katz on July 17, 2020 states “Nearly 1% of all federal personnel have tested positive for the virus. This comes as thousands of federal workers who had been teleworking from the outset of the pandemic are heading back to their offices, while many more have continued reporting to their normal duty stations without interruption.” The numbers for the front-line TSA workers is nearly double that of other Federal Agencies. About 2% of TSA’s workforce has tested positive for COVID-19, and cases have more than doubled in July alone at a time when air travel is increasing, and TSA has walked back its policy of allowing employees to take paid administrative leave if they felt unsafe reporting to work. Cases of Florida based TSA workers testing positive now account for more than 17% of all TSA’s positive test.
The TSA launched its “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” Campaign which modified airport checkpoints as a way to contain the spread of COVID-19, comply with CDC guidelines, and support healthy and secure travel. “TSA remains committed to the health and safety of our frontline workers and airline travelers,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We anticipate these prudent changes in our screening procedures, which seek to limit physical contact and increase physical distance, will achieve the security standard the public expects and facilitate the increasing population of travelers this summer.”
TSA officers wear masks, change gloves with each passenger, and of note, have the optional ability to wear face shields.
Security specialists are tasked with the primary responsibility of keeping others safe while coming into a higher volume of contact with the public than people in other occupations. As a consequence, they are front-line workers facing a higher risk of infection. In addition, security specialists must be able to effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally, and also must be able to be instantly recognized as security personnel with comparison to a photographic ID which can be compromised by wearing a mask. All masks are not created equal and some may pose a higher risk of infection when one considers the amount of public contact some security specialists encounter. "People who wear these homemade cloth masks are invariably touching their face constantly to adjust it, and we know that touching your face is one routine mechanism for infecting you. People are much less likely to touch their face when wearing a face shield. They can also be taken off and cleaned. In many ways, they’re a much more attractive option." (Amesh Adalja M.D., Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.)
Another supportive opinion is expressed by Keith Kaye, M.D., a professor of medicine and director of research for the division of infectious diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School. “Shields come with the perk of being easily sanitized and reused…Unlike masks, clear shields also allow for better communication -- people can read facial expressions, and those who are hearing impaired can read lips… I do think we're going to see more and more face shield use, particularly as COVID continues to cause problems.” (WebMD News Brief, May 29, 2020, Face Shields May BE Next Step to Prevent COVID-19)
Cap Guard is being considered by security specialists nationwide. It is new to the market at a time when the security industry is dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 and having to comply with new regulations and restrictions. Cap Guard is an innovative patent pending product that is 100% recyclable. It is manufactured in the United States and can be washed and sanitized daily with antibacterial soap and mounts with live hinge clips to caps or visors that can convey brand logo or imagery. Cap Guard face shields are the clear choice for a face covering alternative as part of an overall strategy to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the community setting. For further information visit www.capguard.us