Long Term Security Management

Step #11: Periodically Review Security and Implement Improvements. Like any other component of a business operation, security must be managed to ensure that it continues to function properly, to adjust to changes in the nature of the assets and the threats, and to implement opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Security programs should involve ongoing discussions with law enforcement to monitor changes in the threat as well as interaction with company technical and business efforts to monitor changes in operations and assets. In addition, formal security vulnerability analyses should be repeated periodically.

Since late 2001, draft chemical security bills have been on the docket in the U.S. Senate. The two key bills, submitted by Senators Corzine and Inhofe, would require security analyses to be conducted and various kinds of security measures and plans implemented depending on the results of the analysis. The Senate is not acting aggressively on either bill at this time. While the bills are similar, the Corzine bill requires a technology assessment step aimed at actively driving inherently safer technologies. These bills are assigned different reference numbers as they proceed through committees, so check www.senate.gov for current status.

Even if security bills are passed in the current congress, implementation through the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies will very likely take several years. In the interim, many trade organizations have implemented security management requirements for their members. One organization that should be highlighted is the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Members of the ACC must implement a comprehensive environment, health, safety, and security management system following a template similar to ISO 14001 called Responsible CareĀ® 14001 (RC14001), or a somewhat less comprehensive system called Responsible CareĀ® Management System (RCMS). Most trade organization members following their organization's requirements should have little trouble meeting the Inhofe bill requirements (www.responsiblecaretoolkit.com).

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