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Olympics worker security ramped up

Olympics workers are having their hands and irises scanned before entering the east London site as security measures for the 2012 Games are ramped up from today.

Work is now underway on all permanent venues in the 2.5 sq km Olympic Park as well as bridges, roads and utilities networks. More than 4,500 workers are on site, and that number is expected to double by the end of next year.

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said: “As the Big Build accelerates, we are phasing in robust plans to ensure the security and safety of both the Olympic Park workforce and the surrounding communities.

“Access controls utilising the latest technology will enable properly authorised, equipped and trained workers to enter and leave the Olympic Park as quickly and safely as possible.”

Olympic Park safety and security measures include:

  • Since the start of construction: a universal enrolment process including UK Border Agency representatives checking documentation to ensure workers on the site have the legal right to be there, and valid health and safety accreditation.
  • Hand scanners providing biometric access control, alongside photographic smart cards, for up to 5,000 workers per hour. Iris scanning and access is also available as an alternative system where required.
  • A security guarding contractor employing and training local people to provide long term career opportunities.
  • The replacement of the temporary hoardings with a more substantial perimeter fence that is substantially complete.
  • On-site searching and screening at entry and exit points as well as off-site searching and screening of vehicle deliveries.
  • Phased-in coordinated CCTV and supporting perimeter security systems.
  • A dedicated police team at the Olympic Park which is liaising with on-site staff and contractors as well as the local communities.