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In any workplace you may have to check a persons identity. This could be a visitor, contractor, customer or someone you are visiting.

Check your workplace policies and procedures for verifying identity and make sure that you are aware of the forms of ID that are acceptable.

There are many different forms of ID that people carry for example passport, drivers licence, work ID, police or medical professional ID card or a host of other items. It is important to ensure that you are talking to a person that they claim to be. Professional Identity can always be verified by contacting the company or organisation the individual is representing. Many organisations have systems in place to verify the person in front of you. It is always better to find the phone number your self do not rely on the person as they maybe giving you a number of a friend who is pretending to be the organisation.

For individuals working in the medical and care sectors, ensuring the identity of the person in your care is vital. The use of wrist bands, photo ID and descriptions on medical records can help.

Where you work you may have to wear photo identification in the form of a badge or neck warn ID card. It is important that this is visible at all times so that patients, visitors and staff can clearly see who you are and that you are able to help them.