Michelle Letourneau

Michelle Letourneau Joins Sloan Security Group as HR Manager

Michelle Letourneau
Michelle Letourneau
Human Resource Manager

We’re pleased to announce that Michelle Letourneau, formerly of Engineered Services Inc., (ESI) has joined Sloan Security Group as Human Resources Manager. Michelle spent the past 14 years in the Construction Industry where she’s held various leadership roles over the years, most recently in Human Resources.

As Manager of Human Resources at Sloan, Michelle will lead employee recruitment, retainment, development, and compliance.

Since joining the Sloan team early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has already played a key role as she quickly developed and implemented Sloan’s communicable disease policy, as well as supporting Sloan’s remote workforce.

Michelle is an active contributor to many local and national organizations. She’s an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management Advocacy, where she’s advancing public policies through legislative efforts. She passionately serves as a member of the American Cancer Society, and also participates in various board supporting roles for local high school sport clubs.

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Sloan Security Group Names Hank Vincent to CFO Role

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Hank Vincent – CFO

Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce that it has promoted Hank Vincent to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Previously, Hank served as Controller for Sloan. Hank plays a key role in Sloan’s financial success on both a technical and leadership basis.

As CFO, Hank will enable Sloan to strengthen its commitment to financial excellence and data management.

Hank’s leadership reaches well beyond Sloan. He recently led a national roundtable discussion for the Construction Financial Management Association where he serves on the Board of Directors for the State of Idaho. Hank’s also a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Exam Writing and Marketing Committees for the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals (ICCIFP).

Prior to coming to Sloan, Hank spent nearly a decade in public accounting at a national accounting firm where he specialized in construction accounting. He has led national trainings on revenue recognition, percentage of completion accounting, and construction accounting basics.

Hank is a graduate of the University of Idaho and lives in Boise with his wife and two young children.

Communicable or Infectious Disease Control Policy

Sloan Security Group (or SSG) and subsidiaries will take proactive steps to protect the workplace in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It is the goal of Sloan Security Group during any such time period to strive to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided and that employees are safe within the workplace.

Sloan Security Group (SSG) is committed to providing authoritative information about the nature and spread of infectious diseases, including symptoms and signs to watch for, as well as required steps to be taken in the event of an illness or outbreak in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines and the World Health Organization if applicable.

What is a Communicable or Infectious Disease?

A communicable or infectious disease is a disease that can be transmitted from one individual to another via: 1) direct physical contact, 2) the air (cough, sneeze or particle inhaled), 3) through a transmission vehicle (either ingested or injected) or 4) through a vector (animals or insects). Examples of some of the most common communicable or infectious diseases include: measles, influenza, viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis), viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), leprosy, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and tuberculosis (TB). This definition may be broadened in accordance with the recommendations and information provided from the CDC.

SSG will make decisions involving those with communicable or infectious diseases based on medical information concerning the disease in question, the risks of transmission to others, symptoms and any special circumstances of the individuals involved. The company will weigh potential risks and available alternatives before making any decisions.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace

SSG will ensure a clean workplace, including the regular cleaning of objects and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, break rooms, conference rooms, door handles and railings. A committee will be designated to monitor and coordinate events around an infectious disease outbreak, as well as to create work rules that could be implemented to promote safety through infection control.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of infectious disease in the workplace. The best strategy remains the most obvious—frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water; covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough; and discarding used tissues in wastebaskets. We will also provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common worksite areas.

Individuals who believe they may face particular challenges reporting to work during an infectious disease outbreak should take steps to develop any necessary contingency plans. For example, employees might want to arrange for alternative sources of childcare should schools close and/or speak with supervisors about the potential to work from home temporarily or on an alternative work schedule.

Limiting Travel

All nonessential travel should be avoided until further notice. Employees who travel as an essential part of their job should consult with management on appropriate actions. Business-related travel outside the United States will not be authorized until further notice.

Employees should avoid crowded public transportation when possible.

Telecommuting

Telework requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. While not all positions will be eligible, all requests for temporary telecommuting should be submitted to your manager for consideration.

Staying Home When Ill 

Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Please see the employee handbook; section 6.1 – 6.4 regarding these benefits.

During an infectious disease outbreak, it is critical that employees do not report to work while they are ill and/or experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with an infectious illness (such as the flu as an example) remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.

Requests for Medical Information and/or Documentation 

If you are out sick or show symptoms of being ill, it may become necessary to request information from you and/or your health care provider. In general, we would request medical information to show whether and how an absence relates to the infection, and to know that it is appropriate for you to return to work. As always, we expect and appreciate your cooperation if and when medical information is sought.

Confidentiality of Medical Information 

Our policy is to treat any medical information as a confidential medical record. In furtherance of this policy, any disclosure of medical information is in limited circumstances with supervisors, managers, first aid and safety personnel, and government officials as required by law.

Social Distancing Guidelines for Workplace Infectious Disease Outbreaks

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, SSG may implement these social distancing guidelines to minimize the spread of the disease among the staff.

During the workday, employees are requested to:

1. Avoid meeting people face-to-face. Employees are encouraged to use the telephone, online conferencing, e-mail or instant messaging to conduct business as much as possible, even when participants are in the same building.

2. If a face-to-face meeting is unavoidable, minimize the meeting time, choose a large meeting room and sit at least one yard or three feet from each other if possible; avoid person-to-person contact such as shaking hands.

3. Avoid any unnecessary travel and cancel or postpone nonessential meetings, gatherings, workshops and training sessions.

4. Do not congregate in work rooms, pantries, copier rooms or other areas where people socialize.

5. Bring lunch and eat at your desk or away from others (avoid lunchrooms and crowded restaurants).

6. Encourage members and others to request information and orders via phone and e-mail in order to minimize person-to-person contact. Have the orders, materials and information ready for fast pick-up or delivery.

Outside activities

Employees might be encouraged to the extent possible to:

1. Avoid public transportation (walk, cycle, drive a car) or go early or late to avoid rush-hour crowding on public transportation.

2. Avoid recreational or other leisure classes, meetings, activities, etc., where employees might come into contact with contagious people. 

Hiring and Employment During a Potential Threat or Spread of Infection in the Workplace

Sloan Security Group will not discriminate against job applicants or employees with a communicable disease. These individuals will not be denied access to the workplace or jobsite solely because they have a communicable disease, but may be excluded from company facilities, programs and functions if Sloan Security Group determines that restriction is necessary to protect the welfare of the infected individual or the welfare of others.

SSG will comply with all applicable statutes that protect the privacy of individuals with communicable diseases.

Abuse of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. SSG reserve the right to revise this policy without notice during changing pandemic conditions.

ADDENDUM A INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL POLICY- COVID-19

The COVID 19 Response Plan is a supplement to the Infectious Disease Control Policy and sets forth the expectations that Sloan Security Group (or SSG) and subsidiaries must adhere to during the COVID 19 pandemic. SSG will take proactive steps to protect the workplace, the safety of its employees and partners, especially those working on site. The CDC requirements and recommendations to prevent transmission have been incorporated as it relates to COVID 19 effective April 10, 2020.

Sloan Security Group (SSG) is committed to providing authoritative information regarding the transmission and spread of COVID 19, including symptoms and signs to watch for, and required governmental notices enlisting the required steps to be taken in accordance with CDC Guidelines and the World Health Organization.

Preventing the Spread of COVID 19 as recommended by CDC guidelines

Communication: Staying Home When Ill 

Sloan Security Group and its executive team is communicating information from the CDC to employees via weekly emails and weekly safety meetings through the use of virtual software. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. Sloan Security Group and its subsidiaries actively encourage our employees to stay home if they are feeling ill.

During this COVID 19 outbreak, it is critical that employees do not report to work while they are ill and/or experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

To ensure adherence, all employees of SSG and subsidiaries will be asked to provide answers to these 4 questions before being allowed access to any office locations and or jobsites.

1. Do you or have you had a fever greater than 99 degrees within the last 24 hours?

2. Are you experiencing any shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing?

3. Have you come in contact with someone who has either experienced some of the symptoms above, or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19 within the last 14 days?

4. Have you traveled recently from an area with known local COVID 19 spread?

Depending on location, some employees may be required to pass a non-forehead thermometer check read that registers less than 99.6 degrees before proceeding with performing their essential job duties.

Those employees presenting symptoms of shortness of breath, or a cough will be sent home and will not be allowed to return to work until 7 days have passed and prove to be symptom free.

Human Resources and Safety must be notified immediately of any employee  answering “yes” to any of the questions listed above, those being sent home based on exhibiting symptoms or those that have called in sick because they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19, tested positive for COVID 19, or have come in contact with someone who has the virus.

These employees will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to return back to work.

If it is determined an infected employee has spent time on a project site, or in the office, these sites and or locations will be secured and shut down for 72 hours where CDC cleaning guidelines will be implemented. Any employees who had contact with an infected employee will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Confidentiality 

Our policy is to treat any medical information as a confidential medical record. In furtherance of this policy, any disclosure of medical information is in limited circumstances with supervisors, managers, first aid and safety personnel, and government officials as required by law.

Owner representatives or contracting partners will be provided information of a possible infection, the steps taken by SSG to ensure a continued safe working environment including any stoppages in work that may occur from this notification.

Ensuring a clean and safe worksite

SSG will ensure a clean workplace, including the regular cleaning of objects (knobs, handles, railings, tabletops, and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, break rooms, conference rooms etc. utilizing products or supplies that contain 60% or higher in alcohol content. These products are readily available at all office locations as well as our jobsites. For jobsite specific locations, the project superintendent is responsible for wiping down frequently touched surfaces and tools. Other surfaces to be cleaned and sanitized at least once per day on a regular basis include but are not limited to toolboxes, steering wheels, doorknobs, rental equipment such as forklifts.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of COVID 19. The best strategy remains the most obvious:

1. Frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water at a minimum of 20 seconds;

2. Covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough using a tissue or the inside of your elbow; and discarding used tissues in wastebasket. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes specifically.

SSG will ensure alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60% or higher alcohol content) are provided throughout the workplace and in common worksite areas.

Social Distancing; During the workday, employees are required to:

1. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart from each other while performing essential job duties. Limit all physical contact including sharing tools, pens or mobile devices.

2.Avoid meeting people face-to-face. Employees are encouraged to use the telephone, online conferencing, e-mail or instant messaging to conduct business as much as possible, even when participants are in the same building, or jobsite.

3. If a face-to-face meeting is unavoidable, minimize the meeting time, choose a large meeting room and sit at least 6 feet apart from each other; avoid person-to-person contact such as shaking hands.

3. Avoid any unnecessary travel and cancel or postpone nonessential meetings, gatherings, workshops and training sessions.

4. Do not congregate in lunch areas, job trailers, or breakrooms or other areas where people socialize.

5. Encourage members and others to request information and orders via phone and e-mail in order to minimize person-to-person contact. Have the orders, materials and information ready for fast pick-up or delivery.

Face Coverings

Wearing of face coverings are recommended by the CDC. They must fit snug and yet comfortable against the side of your face so that it does not restrict your breathing. Cloth face coverings may be mandated by local governing agencies. Sloan employees and subsidiaries are expected to adhere to these requirements where applicable.

Limiting Travel

Employees who travel as an essential part of their job should consult with Project Management, Human Resources and or Safety on appropriate actions before traveling to assigned jobsites where guidelines or mandates have changed. Business-related travel outside the United States will not be authorized until further notice.

First Aid & Safety Events

In the event that first aid is needed in the workplace or jobsite, the safety manager and or project superintendent will determine the seriousness of the injury and whether or not it is necessary to break social distancing protocol. In accordance with OSHA guidelines and SSG’s Safety Handbook; disposable gloves must be worn when providing first aid, regardless of the injury. If assistance can be provided while maintaining 6 feet of distance, the social distancing protocol still stands. If the social distancing protocol is broken in order to help an employee or crew member who is injured, both parties will be monitored closely for COVID 19 symptoms in the two weeks that follow. This mandatory monitoring if applicable, includes daily temperature checks and daily surveying of cough, sore throat, shortness of breath. Safety is our number one priority to our employees and those we do business with.

Sloan Security Group is taking this pandemic seriously and doing everything we can to limit exposure of COVID 19. Please see our attached Safety Plan & Hazard Communication Plan for more information.

Project Specific Requirements

Every project has specific requirements that may differ from the standards expressed in this policy. Please supplement this policy as necessary to the project specific prevailing standard on your project. It is the responsibility of the project team including the Project Manager and the Project Superintendent to communicate to all employees, subcontractors and vendors the appropriate requirements to work safely on this project.

ADDENDUM B INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL POLICY- COVID-19

Beginning Monday, April 27,2020 all jobsites and office personnel reporting for work will be required to sign in daily, answer the required questions and have their temperature taken before reporting for duty. You will find the electronic sign in sheet here: www.sloansg.com/updates/ – COVID-19 Daily Questionnaire- please follow the directions and if you have any questions call the office. HR will be checking for the completion of these sign in sheets daily and we appreciate your cooperation.

Field personnel must check in with their Superintendent. Office personnel must check in at the front desk. [1]Those designated to take temperatures will be required to wear gloves and a mask when doing so and wipe down the thermometer before and after each use with sanitizing wipes containing a minimum of 60% alcohol. Our infectious disease policy guidelines and addendums are posted in the office in the break room and shop areas. It can also be found online at www.sloansg.com/updates/


UPDATE MEMO INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL POLICY

Tuesday, June 2,2020: As this disease continues to evolve the COVID Task Force remains diligent in assessing current conditions ensuring safety takes priority overall. Please be advised: Addendums A and B have been updated to reflect revisions for the following:

  • Outlined safety protocols to be followed by personnel performing temperature checks for those wishing to gain access to jobsites and or the office.
  • Amended requirements if contact is made with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
  • Notification protocols when such incidents listed above occurs.

Please continue to follow the guidelines provided in Addendums A & B in addition to the following provided in this memo:

  • Until June 15th or further notice is provided, if you are able to telecommute please continue to do so.
  • Those of you currently maintaining access to the office; masks are required to be worn in common areas (i.e.: the hallway when mobile from designated office space to other areas of the building) where 6’ of social distancing is not viable.

We ask all employees to review the policy in full for periodic changes and or updates that may occur. This policy can be found on our webpage at: www.sloansg.com/updates/ as well as in the office and shop breakroom areas.

[1] Revised June 2, 2020

You can click on the image of our questionnaire to be directed to our form. Or click here.

For further guidance please visit: https://www.cdc.gov

A PDF version of this information is available for your reference Communicable or Infectious Disease Control Policy

Anthony P. Baker

Anthony P. Baker Joins Board of Directors

As a part of our goal to continue Sloan’s role as an industry leader in physical security systems, Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony P. Baker as a member of our advisory board.

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Anthony P. Baker, CAPT U.S. Navy (retired)

Anthony Baker recently retired from a 26-year career in the Navy SEALs. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in 1993. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training in 1994 and earned his M.A. degree from the Naval War College in 2007. He has worked in over 50 countries, including multiple 6-month deployments to Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle East, leading small and large teams as front line supervisor, manager, and operations director in the full spectrum of peacetime contingencies and combat missions.

Anthony was the Director of the Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command in Coronado, CA from 2010-2012, leading the selection, training and qualification pipelines for all Navy SEALs –also known as BUD/S.

While assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL from 2012-2016, he was the Program Manager for all Navy SEAL Boats and supporting systems, overseeing 11 projects and a $500M budget. He was then promoted to Captain, and assumed the role of Senior Director, Joint Acquisition Task Force TALOS, building a diverse team and leading the development of a next generation combat suit prototype while pioneering innovative, rapid acquisition processes.

Anthony completed his final assignment in Stuttgart, Germany where he served as the Senior Executive Director of Special Operations Command EUROPE from 2016-2019, leading over 2500 personnel operating throughout Europe.

He moved Boise, ID with his family in the summer of 2019, and started a leadership consulting business after officially retiring in September 2019.

Lower Security Costs by Completing a Threat Vehicle Vector Analysis

Threat Vehicle Vector Analysis is just one of the design services that Sloan offers. Due to its specialized nature, we offer this explanation to help clients understand the role it plays in security design, and, most importantly, its ability to reduce project costs.

In short, vector analysis determines the minimum crash rating required at each location on the project’s perimeter. This crucial information forms the basis for an effective security design and is obtained by calculating the maximum impact energy possible at those locations. 

For example, suppose roadway geometry and vehicle dynamics at one site show that a 45 mph perpendicular impact is possible. This high kinetic energy impact requires a very well thought out design. Whereas a 20 mph, angled impact would impart less energy and require lower crash ratings resulting in lower costs.

Figure 1: Example Vector Analysis

The drawing in Figure 1 is an example of one such analysis.

By shaping a design to reduce maximum speeds and impact angles it is possible to lower costs and increase a perimeter’s effectiveness.

If vector analysis is so important what information is required to begin?

  1. What is the threat vehicle (e.g. car, SUV, heavy goods truck)?
  2. What areas or assets need to be protected (e.g. front entrances, gathering areas, critical infrastructure, iconic locations, etc.)? This determines where the crash-rated perimeter will be located.
  3. What type of threat is to be mitigated; accidental impact or intentional attack?
  4. What are the possible routes of the threat vehicle?  This may require a vehicle path analysis, which is another service that Sloan offers.

Based on these parameters a thorough vector analysis will determine the minimum crash rating required at all points on the perimeter. This crash rating can then be used to choose the right solution for each point ensuring that security solutions are not over-designed nor under-designed.

Using this approach based on foundational information and proven methodologies produces a security design which is both effective and efficient. The Sloan team of security designers works together to ensure that no possible threat vector is missed or miss-calculated taking into account wrong-way approaches, multiple approach strategies including (insider threat and deceptive approaches) to provide a very complete analysis you can rely on.

For more information, please contact collin.sloan@sloansg.com for more information on how we can analyze your sites. 

Sloan Security Group delivers peace of mind for clients with critical physical security requirements.

Interfaith Sanctuary Names Sloan Business Partner of the Year

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides shelter, a warm meal and compassion for Boise’s homeless population. Several years ago, this population was rocked by violence that required additional security.

It has been Sloan Security Group’s privilege to be able to be a lead a generous group of security providers over the last two years – Cook Security Group, Concentric Security, and ERMS/Peter Ashwin in providing security services to this vulnerable population.

CEO Brice Sloan said “Sloan relationship with the Sanctuary helped to clarify Sloan’s Why:

  • Creating Order from Chaos
  • Safety for the Vulnerable
  • Securing Trust

This is a link to an article published in the Interfaith Sanctuary’s blog https://interfaithsanctuary.org/blog/making-the-shelter-a-safer-place/.

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides overnight shelter, a warm meal, supportive services, kindness and compassion to men, women & children who are experiencing homelessness. 

Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in delivering integrated physical security solutions to clients with critical security needs.

Sloan Wins Best Places to Work Award

We are pleased to announce that Sloan was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Best Places to Work in Idaho.

This would not be possible if not for our team and for each individual’s contribution in making Sloan truly a great place to work.

Sloan Adds Revit Building Info Modeling (BIM) Capabilities to Assist Security Design

Sloan Security Group, Inc. is pleased to announce new BIM capabilities to provide advanced security design services.

Sloan is now able to receive a Revit model, navigate through it and generate elevation views, export the design to AutoCAD, and use the model as the basis for fence and gate/barrier designs.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing total life cycle perimeter security solutions from design, build to maintenance that address clients’ security requirements.

SSG Wins Idaho Technology Council Award as “Innovative Company of the Year”

Sloan Security group is please to announce that it won the “Innovative Company of the Year” category in the 13th annual Idaho Innovation Awards.

Organized by Stoel Rives LLP since 2006 and with Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council,, the program recognizes innovative projects, professionals and companies throughout the state of Idaho.  Please see this link to the official press release.  

Other 2018 awardees included:

  • Commercialized Innovation of the Year: MultiGrip Workholding by VersaBuilt Robotics – quick change vise jaw system
  • Consumer Product of the Year: Ammon Fiber Optics by City of Ammon – City-owned and operated fiber optic infrastructure 
  • Early-Stage Innovation of the Year: Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D™) by Continuous Composites – 3D printing continuous fibers that embeds functionality with fiber optics and copper wires creating a part that can sense and react to environmental stimuli 
  • Innovator of the Year: Tracy Lotz, Founder and CEO, LiveRez – a pioneer in a number of advancements in the vacation rental space, from online advertising to online bookings to cloud-based management software.

San Fransisco 49er QB Steve Young was the keynote speaker.  

The innovation award was accompanied by this video (no sound).

SSG won the runner-up Innovation of the year award in 2016, for it’s work in Doppler radar animal detection systems. Additionally, SSG holds several patents for innovative barrier systems and its vacuum excavation innovation has revolutionized excavation in Sub-Arctic Alaska.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing total life cycle perimeter security solutions from design, build to maintenance that address clients’ security requirements.

SSG CEO Brice Sloan accepts the innovation award.