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 Transcript—Chemical Security for Wholesalers and Transporters

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Narrator: The threat from terrorism in Australia is real. Homemade explosives and toxic weapons can be made from chemicals many of us deal with in our everyday work.

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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 explains practical things you can do to help keep chemicals secure in your workplace.

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If you transport, wholesale or work in a warehouse that stores chemicals, there are things you can do to help build a chemical security culture.

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Be aware of the risks. Know the chemicals you work with, which ones are in the Code and their legitimate uses.

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And know what questions to ask to help uncover suspicious activity in your business.

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Are new customers involved in legitimate use of the chemicals? Do they know what the chemicals are for?

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Are they buying an unusual amount, or odd combination, of chemicals?  Do they insist on paying cash?

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Is a commercial quantity of chemicals being delivered to a residential property?

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Consider if there is anything odd about any online order. Have they made repeated orders in a short space of time; or have you received emails asking unusual questions or requesting a strange delivery address?

Secure your chemicals.

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Don’t allow access to your storerooms, warehouse or truck to anyone that does not need to be there.

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And deal with spills or leaks – only small amounts of some chemicals are required to make bombs.

Be alert to other suspicious behaviours and activities.

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It could be out of the ordinary interest in transport routes, loads or trucks – at rest stops for example.

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Someone taking photos of the premises or having an unusual interest in your security arrangements.

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Missing stock.

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Or a staff member who tries to access restricted areas or regularly stays back late to be alone at work.

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You know your workplace, and you know when something just doesn’t feel right. 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 nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity

[Text appears on screen: If you suspect it, report it, chemical security. National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity]

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