A national code of practice designed to protect industrial chemicals from being used for terrorist attacks has been released for public comment.
code set for comment
Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon said 96 commonly available chemicals had been identified as a security concern, with 11 of “particular concern” with “the potential to be used to make improvised explosive devices”.
“In the right hands, chemicals are useful,” Ms Roxon said.
“In the wrong hands they can be lethal.”
She said she did not want such chemicals falling into the wrong hands and Australian businesses could play a critical role in achieving this.
She encouraged them to comment on the draft code and contribute to counter-terrorism efforts.
“Managing security, after all, is a fundamental part of good business practice,” Ms Roxon said.
She said the code had been developed following consultation with businesses across the supply chain including importers, producers, users, retailers and those that transport chemicals.
She said it encouraged businesses to self-assess their individual level of risk and suggested actions to prevent the theft or diversion of chemicals from the workplace.
“This voluntary code will provide business with the information they need to secure their chemicals from misuse without imposing unnecessary red tape,” Ms Roxon said.
“I’m calling on all small businesses, industry and the community to let us know what they think so we can ensure the draft code is workable and sensible.
“While our nation remains one of the safest in the world, we must be ever vigilant.”
Submissions close on 1 March.
The draft code can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013