When we chant our precinct motto about “sealing the world”, the applications of these little passive security devices which first come to mind are those with whom we are most familiar. Seals on Iberico hams, gas and electricity meters, the doors of shipping containers … However, in our article today we wish to focus on those uses of security seals that you would never have thought about unless you were professionally involved in the sectors involved. Let’s get started!
1. Emergencies: What is the role of the security seals?
One use of security seals that often goes unnoticed is their application in the field of medical emergencies. Security seals are fitted not only to first-aid kits, but a security seal is a common requirement for all types of emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers, parachutes, and other first aid and rescue support kits.
These seals ensure that the contents of emergency equipment are in perfect condition and ready to be used. Similarly, they are designed to be easily breakable so as to avoid wasting time in extreme situations.
2. Transport of biological and laboratory samples
The transport of biological and laboratory samples is subject to strict regulations which strictly monitor their security at all times. Security seals are used to correctly identify the contents of each package or bag and prevent them from being tampered with. An error in this type of transport could be lethal and give rise to a biosecurity hazard.
3. Monitoring of electoral processes
The validity of any democratic vote depends on the electoral process being carried out with adequate guarantees to prevent fraud and interference. In this sense, using security seals to seal ballot boxes is essential. This security seal guarantees not only the origin of the ballot boxes but also prevents attempts to tamper with the content inside the boxes. In addition, polls can be further secured by using security labels or void tags to prevent unauthorized opening.
Cash in transit is regulated in order to prevent fraud during transport or losses in traceability. That is why the financial sector and specialized transport companies need to use security seals for the correct identification of cash operations.
Similarly, other passive security systems used in relation to the transport of valuables are pouches (e.g. for carrying confidential documents) and cash pouches.
5. Transport of artillery and ammunition
The transport of artillery and ammunition is another use of security seals that are not widely publicized. However, the use of security seals in the armament industry is mandatory, since they need to secure the content of containers and packages, as well as the packaging containing weapons. In addition, the movement of artillery and ammunition is included in the transport of hazardous goods, which requires compliance with strict safety standards in addition to any other type of transport.