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Internal security emergency plan


 

The number of acts of wanton misconduct during the first half of 2015 in France on SEVESO sites highlighted the significant number of acts that can jeopardize the safety of persons and the security of property.

The situation alerted the public authorities, who have now deemed it important to set up security measures on SEVESO sites.

   In more general terms, acts of wanton misconduct can be distinguished from accidental events as follows:
  • Of human origin, their effects can be visible (as in explosions, armed attacks, demonstrations), but also not detectable at the time, such as in the theft of sensitive products or information.
  • The perpetrators may sometimes seek to trigger a domino effect in order to have an impact on the local environment, the population and employees (sabotage, bomb).
  • They may seek to bring pressure to bear on the company (blocking of the site, demonstrations) in support of labour demands. These social movements may have no effect on goods, personnel or the population, but can have a significant impact on production.
  • They may vary in length from a few minutes to several hours and do not always allow a crisis cell to be set up (such as in the case of forced entry into the site or sequestration of the management committee).
  • The procedures involved in alerting, evacuating or sheltering personnel may differ from the safety procedures of the fire evacuation type, such as those outlined in the Internal Operation Plan.
   

  
In the vast majority of cases, the guardhouse and reception desk will be the entry points or the first informed and confronted with a threatening situation. For example, when one or more people force entry, an intrusion detection is reported on the alarm panel, a bomb alert is received by security officers, there is a group of demonstrators in front of the main
gate. How will your personnel react?
  

Our recommendation for the safety of persons and the security of property:


  
     1.   It is important to plan upstream of the occurrence of these acts of wanton misconduct:
  • by drafting instructions, procedures, and consulting such as "Emergency plans for industry".
  • by providing training and carrying out drills to manage these different types of events.
     2.   Establish means of preserving evidence to enable the prosecution of the perpetrators of acts of wanton misconduct. This point is regularly forgotten when events such as these occur, but becomes a problem immediately after them. Here again, simple measures have to be taken so that the company can defend its interests in the future.
     3. Based on experience feedback, and unless specifically requested, the proposed plan will be complementary to the Internal Operations Plan (IOP), or other contingency plans for the site, and will be specific to security issues. It will probably activate the site's crisis cell. For reasons of confidentiality, depending on its content, we propose that this plan be referred to differently from the IOP. We therefore propose to name it the Internal Security Emergency Plan (ISEP).
We help you structure your organization and formalize the plan by using procedures and more generally by using the tools needed to manage the crisis. 
  
Overview in 3 steps
  • Step 1: Analysis of the security organization in place and selection of scenarios of wanton interference.
  • Step 2: Definition of the crisis organization and drafting of the Internal Security Emergency Plan.
  • Step 3 (optional): Training and simulation exercises in order to respond to an act of wanton misconduct

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