1st Edition

Bioterrorism A Guide for Facility Managers

By Joseph F. Gustin Copyright 2005
    280 Pages
    by River Publishers

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    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.

    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