B. Braun, the German group, is a leader in the production of medical technology and pharmaceutical products. The corporation has 58,000 employees throughout the world, of which around 1,000 are located in Switzerland. B. Braun Medical AG's production facility in Crissier belongs to B. Braun Switzerland. The headquarters of the B. Braun Melsungen AG Group is situated in Germany. What began almost 180 years ago as a pharmacy is now a global corporation present on every continent. This success story prompted the Protectas interview team to visit one of the company's three Swiss production facilities – the one located at Crissier (Vaud).
After negotiating several security barriers, we made our way through the plant to meet our interviewee, Christian Revaz, who waved at us from behind mesh-covered doors and led us into the office building. Once we had arrived, he graciously served us coffee and mineral water before giving us a full briefing on the production facility at Crissier: "We employ a workforce of about 350 people here, including 18 apprentices who complete their training with us. The site has over 2,000 m2 of production area, and everything is certified to GMP, FDA and ISO standards. We operate in several areas: infusions, surgical wound management, parenteral nutrition and volume replacement therapies, and we supply our products to 91 countries."
Before the company began working with Protectas, the Crissier facility had a caretaker who lived on site and looked after everything. But as time went on, this service ceased to be adequate. Christian Revaz recalls: "As our environment became less secure, there was also a need to step up the guarding service. After twenty years of conventional guarding by Protectas, we decided to add the Remote Video Solution (RVS) to our existing service in 2016."
Thanks to Remote Video Solution technology and the daily patrols by Protectas security staff, Christian Revaz can sleep peacefully at night, and especially at the weekends: "With Protectas, I can be sure that I'll be notified by telephone immediately if there's an emergency. But as long as my phone doesn't ring, everything is OK." He emphasises his great appreciation for the working relationship with Protectas that has now lasted many years. And when special requirements arise, Protectas quickly understands what's involved with no need for lengthy explanations: "They know us and know what we require."
"We maintain four-shift operation around the clock on seven days each week, which is why we opted for Remote Video Solutions (RVS) from Protectas. RVS ensures that we know exactly what's happening on our company site, and we can prevent production outages thanks to seamless guarding," Christian Revaz explains.
Furthermore, the installed surveillance cameras have the effect of deterring potential attackers and also give our employees a sense of security. "And if something should nevertheless happen, we can rely on the Protectas employees' ability to respond," he adds in conclusion.
For more information about B. Braun Medical AG in Switzerland: www.bbraun.ch.
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