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The safety and protection of staff and visitors is a high priority at CDC. Readily visible elements of the physical security program include picture ID cards, limited access to labs and other sensitive areas, a full-time guard force, etc., and there are many not so visible elements as well. Your cooperation in matters of physical security not only help protect people but also information, by respecting and preserving the integrity of first layer of our defense -- controlling physical access. 

All staff members should consider the following precautions:

  • If you expect to be working late, park in an area that will have adequate lighting when you leave.
  • When entering secure areas do not let strangers 'tailgate' in behind you.
  • Do not share information with persons outside of CDC, or insiders who have no need to know, how CDC controls physical access, or identify routes and methods to bypass security checkpoints.
  • Never prop open doors that lead to secured areas.
  • If you encounter strangers or unknown visitors in secured work areas, ask them if you could be of some assistance with a simple “May I help you?”.  Wear your ID badge where it can be seen easily and clearly, and expect others to do likewise.
  • If you ever lose an access card or key, report it immediately to your supervisor or to any guard station.
  • When leaving at night try to exit with other coworkers if possible. There is some truth to the saying “Safety in numbers”.


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This CD-ROM was produced April 8, 2003
from the original content of "Security Awareness for Everyone."

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