Safety & Security Corner: BWH ID Badge Policy After Hours
As part of BWH’s commitment to providing the safest possible environment for patients, families and staff, BWH Security checks the ID badges of all who enter the hospital at 75 Francis St. and through the Emergency Department from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and at 15 Francis St. from 9 p.m. to midnight every day, seven days a week. At all other entrances, employees must swipe their ID badges in order to enter the hospital between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Employees should have their ID badge out and visible to Security as they enter BWH buildings during this time so that officers can quickly and easily identify employees and allow them access. If a badge is not visible, Security officers will ask the individual to stop and present it to them.
Badges must be worn either pinned or clipped to an outer garment, picture side out, right side up, above the waist. Lanyards with badges attached are acceptable as well. BWH ID badges should never be worn behind the back, clipped to a belt or pants, or in pockets, as it makes it difficult for staff to be identified. Staff should report any lost badges to the ID office at 617-732-7539 immediately, especially if the lost badge allows access into secure areas.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that only those with a legitimate reason have access to our facilities,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer. “When everyone is vigilant, we have a force of 18,000 people helping to ensure that BWH is a safe and secure place for everyone we serve.”
Staff should report safety concerns by telling a manager or calling Security at 617-732-6565. For non-urgent concerns, email BWHSafety@partners.org.
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