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ACC recommends security measures for hazardous material moves


Three weeks after issuing guidelines aimed at helping chemical shippers better secure their facilities, American Chemistry Council (ACC) Nov. 13 released "Transportation Security Guidelines for the U.S. Chemical Industry," designed to help chemical shippers better secure hazardous materials shipments on all transportation modes.

The document — developed by ACC, National Association of Chemical Distributors and the Chlorine Institute Inc. — offers a risk-based approach and provides examples of preventative measures chemical plant managers could implement to address potential transportation-security concerns.

The guidelines recommend ways for chemical plant managers to prioritize and conduct security-risk reviews; assess hazards, threats, vulnerability and exposure; collaborate and communicate with transportation partners; train workers and heighten employee awareness; and develop emergency preparedness and crisis communication plans.

The chemical industry has been working to reduce the risk of hazardous-materials shipment vandalism, sabotage and terrorism — now a higher priority due to the events of Sept. 11.

The guidelines can be viewed and downloaded at ACC's Web site,