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 Transcript—Chemical Security for University Laboratories

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Narrator: The threat from terrorism in Australia is real. Homemade explosives and toxic weapons can be made from chemicals found in laboratories.

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But we can all contribute to keeping Australia safe and secure.

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The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern provides guidance on practical measures you can take to help keep chemicals secure in your

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The Universities of Australia website has additional guidance designed for compliance managers and laboratory supervisors.

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Whether you work in a laboratory in a university, in the health industry or in another sector, you can help build a chemical security culture.

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Be aware of the risks; read the code to know which chemicals in your laboratory could be used to make explosives or a toxic device.

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If you are a supervisor or manage the chemical store, understand your chemicals and know normal quantities used for laboratory work. 

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Keep chemicals secure, so unauthorised people can’t access them.

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Be alert to unexplained purchasing or suspicious losses and report odd behaviour.

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This could be an unusual pattern of attendance by staff or students, who may be trying to access chemicals while no one is around.

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Breaches in access controls. Someone asking questions about chemicals held on site.

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Or paying too much attention to your security.

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You know your laboratory, and you know when something just doesn’t feel right.

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Trust your instincts. Report your concerns to the National Security Hotline.

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You can help keep dangerous chemicals away from terrorists. Know the chemicals. Know the risks. Know the code.

For a copy of the code go to

[Text appears on screen: If you suspect it, report it, chemical security. National Security Hotline 1800 123 400]

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