The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly will be broken down into three security categories with this week’s blog focusing on “The Good”
- 100% TWIC Credentialing - is required by law and facilities properly carrying this out significantly reduce their risk for a potential security breach. That means each TWIC card is physically inspected to verify TWIC picture matches the person entering, the TWIC card has not expired and it is not a fake by using an ultra violet flashlight.
- Random screening techniques - properly carried out to the prescribed screening rate per your facility’s security plan deters personnel from trying to enter the facility with prohibited items especially weapons or explosive devices. Randomly screening personnel leaving the facility will greatly reduce tool theft.
- Perimeter fencing – fencing that meets industry standards (chain link fence, minimum height – 7ft, taut wire or cable at top, bottom rail, outriggers facing the proper direction with barbed wire or razor wire) with proper signage informs outsiders the facility is a restricted area and deters unauthorized access. Some areas commonly overlooked are pipelines entering the facility and around piers or shoreline. These areas can be an easy access for unauthorized personnel.
- Drills and Exercises – drills are required to be conducted once every three months and they cover at least one element of the facility security plan (FSP). Facility security officers that regularly use drills to test themselves, their Alternate FSOs, Personnel with Security Duties (PSD) and All Others stay proficient in their security duties. Do not simulate during drills and exercises unless it’s a necessity because too often procedures, information (e.g., phone numbers), knowledge, or policy is found to be outdated, in error or not being carried out. Remember, we do not master anything by only completing the minimums. Exercises are a full test of the security program and is an excellent barometer on identifying areas of improvement or that your training program and security procedures are working.
How does Seebald & Associates discover all “The Good” or best practices? Our audits, security assessments and plan developments are not just a paper drill. It requires getting out and physically inspecting the facility, questioning PSDs and All Others, and observing security procedures not to assume someone knows something or that a procedure is being carried out properly per their FSP.