A Guide for Facility Managers

By Joseph F. Gustin

© 2005 – Fairmont Press

250 pages

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780824721589
pub: 2005-07-26
US Dollars$49.00

About the Book

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


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Facility Management
HOUSE & HOME / Security
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety