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 Transcript—Chemical Security for Business Owners and Executive Managers

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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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As a business owner or manager, you can help build a strong chemical security culture in your workplace by applying tips from the Code. Know your chemicals – which ones are in the Code and their legitimate uses.

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Assess your security and inventory controls.

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Train your staff to be alert for unusual purchases or suspicious behaviour and encourage them to raise any concerns.

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Suspicious behaviour or activities could include: Someone taking photos of the premises or paying too much attention to your security.

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Someone buying an unusual amount, or odd combination of chemicals, or insisting on paying with cash.

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It could be a customer wanting commercial quantities delivered to a residential address.

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Missing stock.

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Or unusual patterns of attendance by staff, who may be trying to access chemicals while no one is around.

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There are important questions you and your staff can ask.

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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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Consider if there is anything odd about any online order.  Have they made repeated orders in a short space of time? Emailed asking unusual questions or requesting a strange delivery address? Has the order come from an odd IP address or location?

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You know your business, and you know when something just doesn’t feel right. Trust your instincts.  Encourage your staff to report all incidents. And 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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