30/01/2008

New Publication Focuses on Security Personnel

Security personnel (i.e., guards) potentially risk occupational exposures to
hazardous substances including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear
(CBRN) materials during emergencies. Emergencies involving the release of
hazardous chemicals at industrial facilities, including chemical manufacturers
and industrial facilities utilizing hazardous substances, are the most likely
and predictable incidents that may involve security personnel.

Security personnel, however, work at a variety of locations with the potential
for emergency incidents. Although general chemical release emergencies may be
the most likely, incidents resulting from natural disasters are also of concern
to both private and public sector employers and the security personnel they employ. Security
personnel working at companies for the protection of the facilities, materials,
and products, as well as those employed by government agencies, are often
called upon to provide support during hazardous substance emergencies and the
emergency planning in preparation for such incidents is key to successful
implementation of emergency response operations.

This security personnel (i.e., guards) stand to benefit from a new publication
by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) entitled 'Preparing and Protecting Security Personnel in Emergencies'.
This publication addresses emergencies involving hazardous substance releases
and provides guidance for employers and their security personnel, who may be
involved in the emergency response.

The document specifically addresses emergencies involving hazardous substance
releases and provides guidance for employers, and their security personnel, who
may be involved in the emergency response. It does not address other safety and
health hazards (e.g., workplace violence) that security personnel may be exposed to while performing
their routine duties.

The role that security personnel will have in an emergency is important with
respect to the success of emergency response operations. The role they are
assigned by their employer is also important in determining the training,
information, and personal protective equipment they must be provided to safely
perform their duties. In many cases, they will be the first individuals to a
release scene and their role in such cases must be clearly understood.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor  Occupational Safety & Health Administration