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New Industry Code of Practice Launched within Chemical Industry to Reduce Possible Security Risks

Laverton North, VIC (News4us.com) December 2, 2010

New Industry Code of Practice Launched within Chemical Industry to Reduce Possible Security Risks

New Industry Code of Practice Launched within Chemical Industry to Reduce Possible Security Risks

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA) today launched a new industry code of practice to reduce the security risk posed by certain chemicals.

“Terrorist attacks around the world, including the 2005 London and 2006 Mumbai bombings, have highlighted the national security risks posed by the misuse of chemicals,” Mr McClelland said.

“It’s vital that Government and industry work together to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to reduce the risk of chemicals of security concern.”

Today’s launch at the Orica ChlorAlkali plant in Laverton North, Victoria follows work by Government and industry to revise the PACIA Site and Supply Chain Security Guidance framework. This work has been undertaken in response to changing threats and work being conducted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on chemical security management.

PACIA Chief Executive Margaret Donnan said “PACIA has for many years been a leading voice in support of nationally consistent systems and programs to enhance chemical security.”

“This is another example of how the chemicals and plastics industry has worked closely with governments to develop effective controls over potentially risky chemicals,” Ms Donnan said.

The code of conduct clearly sets out the roles and responsibilities of:

  • industry,
  • their customers
  • suppliers; and
  • Government.

It also assists the chemical industry in improving its security performance and addresses broader business resilience issues such as critical infrastructure protection and cyber security.

This follows the launch last year of the Chemicals of Security Concern Campaign – part of the COAG Chemical Security Management Framework – which aims to reduce the risk of terrorists acquiring chemicals and ensures robust measures are in place to alert authorities if chemicals are acquired for illicit purposes.

The new chemicals security code of practice is available at http://www.pacia.org.au/.


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