Bioterrorism: A Guide for Facility Managers

This book addresses chemical, biological and radiological attacks along with other forms of terrorism.

Facility managers are the professionals most responsible for integrating people with their physical environment. As such, facility management is both a people and an environmental issue. The hybrid role of the facility manager as operations manager and compliance officer involves people and productivity, and the costs of managing each. The facility manager must coordinate policies and operations with industry standards and practices, as well as with regulatory mandates.

Bioterrorism: A Guide for Facility Managers provides a rationale for systematically identifying and evaluating the key areas of practice management. For example:

Chapter 1 lays the groundwork for gaining an understanding of terrorism and the differences in terrorist threats. It also discusses the risks that terrorism presents to companies, building owners and facility managers.

Chapter 2 reviews building vulnerability and the elements needed to design, create and maintain compliant work environments. From conducting baseline assessments to discussing ventilation and filtration issues, specific recommendations are provided to facility managers for addressing the key elements in building systems design and maintenance.

Chapter 3 addresses HVAC systems and how the risk of biological, chemical and radiological threats impact systems operations and maintenance.

Chapter 4 presents an in-depth discussion on safeguarding buildings. For example, facts about airborne hazards are presented, along with both immediate and long-term actions that need to be taken to mitigate the effects of biological, chemical and radiological releases.

Chapter 5 discusses the issue of RDDs, or “dirty bombs,” and what facility managers can do following an explosion, should it occur.

Bioterrorism: A Guide for Facility Managers is unique in its scope. It focuses upon the awareness of terrorist threat. It also focuses upon practice management. By doing so, it turns the challenges of facility management into opportunities for the facility manager. These opportunities are manifested in an enhanced productivity that aligns itself with ensuring the safety of building employees, occupants and tenants, as well as with business operations.

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