Facility Security Checklist

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Please see Section 5 of the Emergency Resources Guide Volume 1 for updates and other related info.

Security threats for businesses ranges from loss of property from theft or malicious acts to life safety of employees and the public. Today’s news is filled with stories of workplace violence, robbery, theft and even terrorism. Basic security precautions may help in both reducing the likelihood of an incident and in reducing the severity of any loss. Facilities that store or handle certain hazardous chemicals must comply with When reviewing facility security threats, businesses should consider the following:

  • Mail Security – Procedures may be needed to recognize and handle suspicious packages. Protection of valuables in both incoming and outgoing mail may also be a consideration.
  • Workplace Violence – Consider the conditions and behaviors that signal a risk of violence from employees, their family members and others who have access to your facility.
  • Physical Security – Some facilities should consider such measures as controlled access points, perimeter fencing and barriers, lighting, alarms, cameras and other security controls to reduce theft, protect operations and keep the public from entering hazardous areas.
  • Computer security – Methods of controlling computer access and protecting valuable data such as customer records, invoices, inventories, etc. should consider both internal and external threats.
  • Security from terrorist activities – Contingency plans for bomb threats, biological threats and other potential terrorist activities may be considered a necessary part of a facility security plan.
  • Chemical Facility Security – In October 4, 2006, a new law, Public Law 109-295, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) was signed by the President of the United States. CFATS requires facilities that handle above a threshold quantity of specific chemicals to register with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS will screen facilities and determine tiers of risks for each. If a facility falls within certain risk tiers, they must provide facility planning and protection from the risk of terrorism. Planning includes in depth analysis of risks, physical security provisions, training, drills and audits. For more information: www.honolulu.gov/ocda/homelandsecurity.htm.