Ultimately, the Facility Security Officer is responsible for ensuring that the Facility Security Plan is based on a quality Facility Security Assessment. We at S&A audit a lot of FSPs, and a lousy FSP is often linked to a poor FSA. That reflects poorly on the FSO, the FSP, and then entire Facility Security Organization (remember the pyramid!)

The FSA must involve representatives from as many facility disciplines as possible - Management, Human Resourses, Operations, Engineering, Maintenance, Security, IT/Cyber, Legal, and Safety to name a few. It takes expertise, energy and time to do an FSA! Most FSOs have the expertise and energy, but few have the time. That's why many FSAs are superficial, and all too many are simple repetitions of the previous FSA- many times including the same typos! If you don't have all three requirements (expertise, energy, and time), then you need help conducting a trustworthy FSA.

Remember, if you want a solid FSP, then you need a reliable FSA. There's no getting around it. 

According to the 2016 Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance annual report, eleven percent of enforcement actions are due to Facility Security Plan citations. One of the biggest challenges facing a Facility Security Officer is ensuring your Facility Security Plan is solid. Recall your FSO training and the Security Organization Pyramid.

Your FSP is based on the Facility Security Assessment required by 33 CFR 105 and explained in NVIC 03-03 Change 2. Your FSA is critical in summarizing your facility's vulnerabilities and security measures used to mitigate them. Without a solid FSA, your FSP is a house built on sand. This month's S&A blogs will focus on your FSA - Who conducts FSAs, How to do an FSA, What's in a reliable FSA, and Common Faulures we see in FSAs when we audit FSPs. Stay tuned!

Key Responsibilities: 

     - Strategic management and implementation of the Corporate health and safety standard an d performance measures.
     - Oversee Corporate health and safety programs designed to train and motivate personnel to minimize occupational accidents, injuries and hazards. 
     - Coordinate the development and implentation of Health and Safety Plans, Documents and Systems including, but not limited, to Emergency response, Incident Investigation, Business Continuity, HSE Management System, Behavior Based Safety Programs, and Internal audit programs for all Compnay Assets, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, pipelines, and new Projects as nexessary. 
     - Direct and support Terminal and Pipeline HSE Managers in the implementation of the health and safety programs, procedures, and guielines for construction, operations and maintenance activities. 
     - Monitors and reviews all new Health and Safety regulatory initiatives and ensures compliance with existing regulations dealing with health and safety. Review all major captial projects and other projects to ensure compliance with health and safety-related regulations. 
     - Develop a comprehensive, logical and coherent emergency response philosophy with policies and procedures  aimed at safeguarding personnel and resources at the LNG terminals and pipelines. 
     - Oversee and support safety initatives and activties at asset locations such as emergency response procedures and safety drills. 
     - Support and coordinate health and safety needs and programs for long-term constrution projects. Including close coordination with EPC contractor leads, and communication to Corporate Management on safety trends. Offer suggestions and feedback to EPC contractors on observations and potential areas of improvement. 
     - Audit EPC contractors on the implementation of their respective HSE Management Systems while working on projects. 
     - Participates in the development of the annual O&M budget and cost control process, specifically costs related to health, safety, training and fire protection. 
     - Represent the Company in industry association meetings, and at other meetings pertinent to LNG. Educate the public on LNG by speaking to civic and professional organizations. 
     - Coordinates with Human Resources on HS staffing-related activties including recruiting, interviewing, selection, hiring, discipline, development, training, promotions, etc.


     - Minimum of ten years of related experience with at least seven years of management experience. Recent terminal operations or relevant experience including health and safety. Experience designing, documenting, implementing and testing safety procedures. 


     - Bachelor's Degree in engineering or relevant techinical discipline. Certification in safety (CSP), industrial hygenie, or enviromental management. 
     - Strong leadership and administrative abilities
     - Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 
     - Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization and with individuals and groups from different disciplines, industries and governmental agendies. 
     - Organized and able to manage multiple activties and programs timely and with a high degree of accuracy. 
     - Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills. 
     - Accomplished public speaker, able to create and deliver industry-specific presenations. 


     - Reports to VP, Health Safety, and Environmental
     - Direct reports include:
          - Industrial Hygiene Specialist
          - Manager, Health and Safety


     - Job is performed in a both a typical office environment and construction sites.
     - Required to travel to Asset locations, as buisiness conditions dictate.


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Subject Line: Director of Health and Safety

Maritime Security Colleagues, 

Yesterday RADM Paul Thomas addressed the American Association of Port Authorities regarding physcial & cyber security, and the threat of complacency, as reported in the Coast Guard Maritime Commons. We at Seebald & Associates apprecated RADM Thomas's sentiment that

          "The face of the matter is that regulation can help form a baseline or foundation for a secure port facility - but it can never really provide security. That's your job."

I suggest you read RADM Thomas's remarks. THey convey a keen sense of what we see in the field nationwide practically every day when we conduct facility security training, audits, and assessments. Regulations and agency guidelines establish our standards. Whether it's physical or cyber security, the onus is on each facility and individual to make security work, and in turn our Nation's maritime border more secure. 

Exercises also need to be conducted as required.  These don’t need to be a major undertaking.  The important thing here is to include all of your key personnel (FSO, Alternate FSO, security supervisor, terminal manager, operations supervisor, etc.) A tabletop exercise is the most manageable process.  The key is to test all aspects of your plan through the three MARSEC Levels.  If a vessel is at the facility, invite their VSO or master to participate.

Much like drills – Plan, Execute, Evaluate and Document.

Remember that Drills and Exercises are conducted to improve the security of your facility …… not just to meet a regulatory requirement!