Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a guide on how to develop
a hazardous materials security plan – it’s available at the agency’s Web
site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetyprogs/hm/Security_Plan_Guide.htm.
The document, “Guide
to Developing an Effective Security Plan for the Highway Transportation
of Hazardous Materials,” is a tool that motor carriers transporting hazardous
materials can use in developing a security plan as required by DOT regulations.
recently announced its intention to focus on hazmat shipments as part of
the overall effort to protect the homeland.
provides motor carriers with sufficient background to understand the nature
of the threats against hazmat transportation; the means to identify the
vulnerabilities to those threats; and an approach to address the vulnerabilities,
step in developing a security plan is conducting a security assessment,” FMCSA
said. “The guide establishes a framework for reviewing a company's hazardous
materials operations and identifying relevant threats and vulnerabilities.
The focus is on making the assessment specific with respect to an individual
company facility or each type of hazardous material. The guide also offers
an approach for prioritizing each of the threats and vulnerabilities that
of the security plan introduces a recommended approach for determining
appropriate security measures for addressing identified threats and vulnerabilities
that help to eliminate unnecessary security-related expenses.
covers the required security training and security plan administration.
Administration includes the distribution, maintenance, verification and
validation of the full security plan as well as how to best incorporate
the insights and support that are available from industry partners, local
community organizations and law-enforcement agencies.