201725 Chemical Security: Employee Training

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:54 PM

John Alexander , Health Safety and Environment, United Steel Workers, Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas H. McQuiston, DrPH , USW Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Education, Chapel Hill, NC
Workers can play vital roles in attaining the most secure chemical facilities. Included among means to reduce the vulnerability of these workplaces to terrorist attacks are training and involvement of on site employees and their representatives in prevention initiatives.

The application of employee knowledge, talents, and experiences related to the processes, in the facility is invaluable. Adult participatory education is the most effective method to initiate engagement of employees in prevention. The program should begin with an explanation of the new law. The details and expectations of this prevention effort need to be shared with the workers to create a team effort in affecting positive change. All elements of making each workplace more secure must be discussed and explored. Fences, barricades, cameras and guards are only one of many ingredients in securing a facility.

With training, workers can identify weaknesses in a range of security processes. Simple substitution of a chemical to a less dangerous one or changing a process or system to create better control of a reaction may be the most effective changes.

The use of hazard mapping in the program can identify vulnerabilities in critical areas. A small group activity method can examine possible scenarios to determine if the emergency response, safe shutdown, processes and procedures are adequate. Yearly refreshers are needed to understand all lessons learned in real or simulated problems. It can examine if the workers have the proper tools, equipment and personnel protective equipment available to properly deal with a problem.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the content and methods of effective employee training in chemical security.

Keywords: Managing Risks, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Health, Safety & Environment Specialist for the United Steelworkers International Union. I have been involved in Health & Safety as a representative for over 30 years. I hold a Bachelors degree in Labor Studies and I am adjunct faculty of the Region III OSHA Training Institute. My work included assisting in the development of New Jersey Department of Home Land Security regulations and the subsequent Security Awareness and Preparedness Program training for the Chemical Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries. I developed Emergency Response and OSHA training materials and regularly conduct training of industrial and manufacturing workers, management and government employees.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.