Security Director's Report

OSHA eyes whether security staff can respond to crises.(EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is increasingly worried that the first-responder role employers expect security personnel to perform outstrips its readiness.

The agency warns--in a new targeted handbook--that if an employer's emergency plan calls for security officers to provide support during an emergency involving a hazardous substance release, then they "must receive training in accordance with OSHA requirements," specifically OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard (29 CFR 1910.120). Additionally, in what may come as a surprise to many, the guide makes the point that requirements apply to security officers that work at businesses far beyond those that stock or transport hazardous substances. …

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