Chemical Plant Vulnerability -
Consideration of "Proactive" Methods when Protecting Hazardous-Material Assets
For several decades, there have been increasing corporate “self-preservation” efforts – such as Process Hazards Analysis, and self-audits – to prevent injuries and property loss from incidents in chemical plants that involve releases of hazardous materials and events such as runaway reactions. There also have been externally-imposed requirements for protection of employees [OSHA PSM] and for the protection of the public and the environment [EPA RMP]. It is now becoming more apparent that similar efforts are needed to protect chemical plants and their employees from more-insidious internal threats [sabotage] and external threats [terrorism].