During the lockdown in 2020, the center for disease control identified “essential workers” as those who conduct a range of operations and services in industries that are essential to ensure the continuity of critical functions in the United States. By this, we can agree that essential workers are workers serving in key sectors of the country including security, health, food, etc. Going by this interim, personnel in the security industry, working to ensure the protection of lives and properties are essential workers. 

Who is a Security Guard?

A security guard is a trained official who protects a property or premise against theft, break-ins, vandalism, intentional damage, terrorism, and other illegal activity. 

To become a security guard, such persons are mandated to go through a rigorous theoretical and practical training process from licensed trainers on courses like first aid. After which they are expected to take a compulsory exam that certifies them as professional security guards. In all, the profession requires a three-phase procedure registration, training, and licensing and each process is always guided by the state government. 

The Risks and Hazards

It is true that all professions have their own hazards and risks but we should not leave out the fact that some have higher risks compared to others. Industries that expose their professionals to higher risk include the security industry. A security guard is the first point of defense against incoming threats such as robbery, murder, theft, kidnapping, etc. Most times, a security guard is the first at the scene in an emergency situation.  

If they risk their lives just to protect another, what class of workers are they if not essential workers?  

Are security guards truly essential workers? 

Essential workers are those who render services that are vital to the health and welfare of a population.  So, yes, security guards are essential workers.