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Process Plant Security


This ebook to do with Process Plant Security has its roots in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. On September 25th, just days after the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote,

The World Trade Center is not the place where our intelligence agencies failed. It is the place where our imaginations failed.

Prior to that attack no one had even conceived that terrorists could take over airplanes and use them to hit large buildings. Now we know.

The discussions to do with risk and risk management in our other books and ebooks are all based on the assumption that we all want to do a good job, and that accidents really are accidents.

Unfortunately, this mental paradigm of “general goodwill” does not always hold. Malicious persons will attempt to deliberately create incidents. Given that process facilities typically store and process large quantities of toxic and/or flammable chemicals, a breach of their security could lead to a catastrophic event. These facilities are a natural target.

Malicious attacks can be divided into the following categories:

  • Members of the public
    • Vandalism
    • Theft
    • Activists
  • Sabotage
  • Terrorism


We have an ebook on this topic. It provides guidance as to how to identify security vulnerabilities at a process plant site and the reasonable actions that can be taken to prevent security problems from occurring.

Table of Contents

Regulations and Standards 
Types of Attack
   Members of the Public
      Visible Security 
      Population Density
      High Profile
Security Vulnerability Analyses
   Rings of Protection
Managing Security 
   Inherent Safety
   Access Security 
   Personnel Screening 
   TWIC (United States)
   Equipment Modifications 
Response to a Threatening Call

Process plant security ebook