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Terrorism Security in the Chemical Industry: Results of a Qualitative Investigation

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 24 Issue: 1 Dated: February 2011 Pages: 69-84
Genserik Reniers
Date Published
February 2011
16 pages
This article discusses the current state of affairs with regard to counterterrorism security in the chemical industry.
Industrial sectors are nowadays extensively confronted with antiterrorism security. Chemical plants, in particular, face the necessity for increased terrorism prevention. This article discusses organizational security measures as they relate to chemical facilities in general, and to four chemical enterprises in particular. Furthermore, a general overview (used in the chemical industry as well as in other industrial sectors) of physical security components used to fight terrorism is provided. Four security hypotheses based on professional and academic literature and on internal documents with reference to the chemical industry are validated via in-depth interviews carried out in four chemical multinationals. Furthermore, recommendations are given to consider when striving for improvement in installing and continuously improving security measures in the chemicals sector. (Published Abstract) Figure, tables, notes, references, and appendix