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Breath of Fresh Air for Building Security

- Protecting the HVAC system from biological, chemical, and radiological weapons can be difficult. A paper by Michael MacDonald of Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers some guidance.The document helps security managers understand the various threats, pointing them to online sources for more detailed information. Also provided is an outline for performing vulnerability and threat assessments. In addition, the author explains how to reduce exposure to harmful agents and introduces readers to mitigation technologies and actions. The paper notes that no real-time biological sensor currently exists. Limited-efficacy chemical detectors and radiological sensors are available, but they are high in price.Also included is a fictitious case study that walks building managers through the process of securing a building’s HVAC system. Although targeted to managers in federal facilities, the guide is equally applicable to the private sector. Find the document online.

Digital Maps Draw Better Response

- Mall security adopts software to view floor plans for safety purposes.

Did You Know That?

- Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater is a no-no, but what’s worse is not having adequate fire protection in that same crowded theater. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center does not appear to comply with some fire-safety requirements. Auditors found, for instance, that there was no program for managing the storage of scenery, props, and other combustible materials. GAO testimony on the topic is at SM Online.

Freedom Tower Security to be Overhauled

- Incorporating more security into New York's Freedom Tower.

Intelligent Design

- Security directors should take the lead in advocating for the development of standards for campus building projects.

Preparing Places of Refuge

- Problems with the Louisiana Superdome raise questions about how evacuation sites are chosen.

Founding Fathers

- GAO gives high marks to federal agencies with facilities on the National Mall.

The New Hall Monitor

- Buncombe County (North Carolina) Schools have installed survelliance that has helped it cut incidents of crime.

How Safe Are Our Labs?

- Before they receive government authorization, labs handling dangerous biological specimens must show they have incident response plans.

Intruder Alarms, Third Edition

- Learn the skills and tools necessary to install and maintain effective intrusion alarm devices and systems.

Smart Solutions to Security Problems

- A music center rings in a new security system.

Lab Accidents on the Rise

- Accidents and missing shipments are increasing at the laboratories dealing with the world's deadliest toxins.

Complex Protection Made Easy

- The security team at Houston’s 60-acre Greenway Plaza protects its ten office buildings with judicious use of CCTV, access control, and a well-trained officer force.

Beyond Print

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