More than 300 participants from 150 corporations and organizations met in Arlington, Texas, July 30-31, to learn how to protect their businesses and their employees from the threat of terrorism.
At a conference entitled “Terrorism: What Every Employer Should Know,” participants learned about developing and using emergency action plans, and how to incorporate security measures into process safety management.
Sponsored by the TEEX-OSHA Training Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor, the conference included presentations by the FBI, U.S. Postal Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Conference on Homeland Security, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Shell Oil, Frito-Lay, Dallas Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Speakers addressed topics such as mail-handling and what the Postal Service is doing to protect employees and customers from exposure to anthrax and other biohazardous materials, as well as how to conduct employee background checks and screen visitors. Participants heard examples of industry best practices concerning terrorism preparedness and security measures.
“This conference is perhaps the first to focus on emergency action plans as opposed to the actions taken by emergency responders during a crisis,” said Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center.
“Needless to say, the best way to handle a crisis is to avoid it, if at all possible, and that was what we hoped to achieve with this conference. So far, all of the feedback has been very positive. We’ve been getting calls from all over the country, and requests for more information. We are already planning a conference for next year that will pick up where this one left off.”