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1st Edition

A Guide for Facility Managers

ISBN 9780824721589
Published July 26, 2005 by River Publishers
280 Pages

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Book Description

In the current climate of terrorism, the facility manager is in a more critical position than ever before. Protecting the organization's building and its occupants from chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) attacks that are designed to disrupt and/or destroy business operation is becoming an increasingly important priority for facility managers using practice management.

Bioterrorism: A Guide for Facility Managers provides a rationale for systematically identifying and evaluating the key areas of practice management. The book is unique in scope, focusing upon the awareness of terrorist threat. It addresses CBR attacks, as well as other forms of terrorism concerns, such as mailroom security, bomb threats, etc., along with the necessary steps for prevention, how to assess vulnerability, how to improve emergency preparedness, and how to assure optimum response and recovery in the event of an attack. It also presents examples of "lessons learned" and mistakes to avoid.

By focusing on practice management, the text turns the challenges of facility management into opportunities for the facility manager. These opportunities are manifested in an enhanced productivity that aligns itself with ensuring the safety of building employees, occupants and tenants, as well as with business operations.

Table of Contents

Biological, Chemical & Radiological Weapons & the Facility
Manager - An Overview
Classification of Weapons
The Risks
Implications for the Facility Manager

Building Vulnerability
The Baseline Assessment
Specific Recommendations
Ventilation and Filtration
Maintenance, Administration, and Training
Internal and External Risk Factors

HVAC Systems & the Risk of Terrorist Threat
Air-Filtration / Air-Cleaning Systems
Filtration and Air-Cleaning Principles
Recommendations: Filter and Sorbent Selection
Recommendations: Operations and Maintenance

Safeguarding Buildings
Facts About Airborne Hazards
Immediate Actions
Long-term Actions
Distinguishing Between Types of Releases

Dirty Bombs
The Impact of Dirty Bombs
Sources of Radioactive Materials
What to Do Following a Dirty Bomb Explosion

Biological & Chemical Releases
Biological Threats
Chemical Threats
Biological Attacks
Chemical Attacks
Nuclear and Radiological Attacks
Distinguishing Between Indoor and Outdoor Releases
Choosing the Appropriate HVAC Operation

Regulatory Compliance
Building Regulation Enforcement
Current Regulatory Status
Regulatory Activities Related to the Risk of Terrorism
Building Regulation Management Models

Assessing & Managing Risk
Risk Management
Threat Assessment
Vulnerability Assessment

Crisis Management
Hazard Mitigation Planning - The Process
Assessing Vulnerabilities
Mitigation Priorities
Developing the Plan

Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place
Evacuation and Airborne Hazards
Smoke Purge Fans
Protective Masks
Additional Considerations

Appendix I - Building Vulnerability Assessment Screening
Appendix II - Building Vulnerability Assessment Checklist
Appendix III - Glossary of General Terms
Appendix IV - Glossary of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terms
Appendix V - Website Directory Listing of Associations and Organizations


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