Standards Australia publishes best practice guide for protecting facilities from terrorism risk

Published: Wednesday, 22 December 2021 09:29

Standards Australia has published a new handbook, SA HB 188, ‘Base-building physical security handbook - Terrorism and extreme violence’, which guides organizations on best practice processes for protecting assets from physical terrorist threats and other acts of extreme violence.

The handbook, developed with Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC), the Australian Security Intelligence Agency (ASIO), and other industry stakeholders, explains how to identify and assess threats, develop strategies, and implement appropriate plans of action.

The handbook also leverages international standard ISO 31000:2018, Risk management – A practical guide. The ISO standard stipulates foundational concepts and principles of risk management and outlines a framework for identifying and managing risk.

“While attacks are few and far between in Australia, it’s important that there are proactive security measures in place. Standards Australia is proud to have published a guiding document to support risk management that could positively benefit Australians,” said Roland Terry-Lloyd, Head of Standards Development.

“The Handbook will help owners and operators of commercial buildings to identify and assess building risks linked to terrorism and other acts of extreme violence, and to apply suitable controls to mitigate the risks,” said Dr Christopher Wallace, Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation Chief Executive.

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