Morning Security Brief: TSA To Get Dosimeters, Unintentional 911 Calls, Best Practices for Pharmacies, and More

By Carlton Purvis

 ►TSA says it will start monitoring the amount of radiation that employees are exposed to from x-ray technology, according to a government document. “In the document, the TSA said it plans to start performing radiation measurements using ‘personal dosimeters,’ which are devices worn on the body that measure a person's exposure to radiation, at certain airports. Such devices are used by people who work near sources of radiation such as hospital and nuclear power plant employees,” My Health News Daily reports.

►Police in Toronto, Ontario, held a press conference on Monday to announce a crackdown on unintentional 911 calls. Officials say pocket-dialed 911 calls are tying up emergency phone lines and have launched a campaign encouraging cell phone users to use the keypad locking feature on their cell phones. “For every 911 call made operators must find out if an emergency exists meaning precious seconds are wasted on accidental calls,” one official said. “Every time that happens someone with a real genuine emergency is being delayed.” Other Ontario departments say they have been having the same problem as well. The York Regional Police received said unintentional calls accounted for 37 percent of all of its 911 calls.

►The US Pharmacopoeial Convention has published a draft of a new document establishing best practices for defending pharmaceutical supply chains from adulteration, counterfeiting, and theft. “Among the topics covered in the chapter is importation of medicines, raw materials and drug components, with the USP recommending that importers develop a risk-based approach to supply chain management,” according to InPharm. The document also covers ways to combat counterfeit drugs and suggests companies establish a formal process for implementing security features on medicines that allow them to authenticate their products. The document will be open for comment until May 31.

►In other news, a man in Zimbabwe was convicted of fraud Monday after admitting to collecting money for “fingerprint fees” for applicants who responded to a job posting looking for security guards. Edmore Siwela placed an ad saying he worked for a security company owned by the local police commissioner and was “urgently” looking for new guards. He collected $580 by charging $10 to each person who responded. ♦ Starting this month, all contractors supplying the GSA with IT equipment are required to submit an IT security plan outlining compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations. ♦ And a new firm offers complete background checks and online for screening of potential tenants or employees 24 hours a day.  



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