Enhancing Security of Hazardous Materials Shipments against Acts of Terrorism or Sabotage Using RSPA's Risk Management Self-Evaluation Framework (RMSEF) [open pdf - 55KB]
Given the heightened specter of terrorism, the security of hazardous materials (hazmat) shipments has become a priority for carriers, shippers, consignees, emergency responders, and government officials. The existing hazmat transportation process, including personnel, procedures, and facilities/equipment needs to be reexamined with a security focus. This document addresses security concerns as part of the overall strategy to manage the risk of hazardous materials during transportation. An existing tool from the Research and Special Programs Administration's (RSPA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) can be used by carriers, shippers, consignees, emergency responders, and government officials to enhance security and safeguard shipments of hazardous materials against terrorist attacks or sabotage. The Risk Management Self-Evaluation Framework (RMSEF) is a voluntary tool that helps evaluate and manage the risks associated with transporting hazardous materials in a proactive manner. A company or organization knows what works best for itself; RMSEF provides a structured way of assessing risk and helping hone practical, common-sense knowledge to reduce risks even further. RMSEF is applicable to all transportation modes and is flexible enough to provide the framework needed to evaluate and mitigate security risks.
Hazmat Safety Homepage: http://www.hazmat.dot.gov/