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Chemical security for employees

This film provides general advice to small business employees involved in the sale of chemicals of security concern. What are some suspicious behaviour to look out for? If you suspect it, report it to the National Security Hotline.

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Narrator: The threat from terrorism in Australia is real. Homemade explosives and toxic weapons can be made from chemicals many of us deal with in our everyday work.

[Image changes to show an animated figure pour a bag of chemicals into a blender, and mixes. Empty containers lie discarded nearby]

[Image changes to show an animated figure in a laboratory type setting with chemical containers labelled hazardous]

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But we can all contribute to keeping Australia safe and secure.

[Image changes to show the front cover of The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern]

The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern explains practical things you can do to help keep chemicals secure in your workplace.

[Image changes to show the chemical containers being secured in a cupboard and a shed]
[Image changes to show “Manager” holding a clipboard and standing at a counter with chemical containers]

If you sell or handle chemicals as part of your job, you can apply the tips from the Code to help build a strong chemical security culture.

[Image changes to show “Manager” watching a staff member inspecting chemical containers]

Be aware of the risks and pay attention to suspicious activities.

[Image changes to show an animated figure watching a “customer” who is acting suspiciously whilst standing in front of a cupboard of chemical containers]

You might notice a customer who seems to be nervous or acting strangely.

[Image changes to show a “staff member” looking furtively over shoulder and then slips into restricted chemical storage]

Or a fellow worker who is acting suspiciously.

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It could be someone taking photos of the premises or paying too much attention to your security.

[Image changes to show an odd combination of chemicals piled up on the counter. An animated figure appears behind them ready to pay, a question mark appears over their head as they look at the chemicals]

Someone buying an unusual amount, or odd combination of chemicals, but doesn't know their proper use.

[Image changes to show an animated figure standing in front of a cupboard full of chemical containers and ticking them off a checklist. They pause at an empty section of shelf where more chemicals are supposed to be]

Missing stock.

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Or a customer wanting commercial quantities delivered to a residential address.

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Consider if there is anything odd about any online order. Have they made repeated orders in a short space of time? Emailed asking unusual questions or requesting a strange delivery address? Has the order come from an odd IP address or location?

[Image changes to show an animated figure taking photographs outside a shop the “Manger” comes along and the figure walks off]

You know your workplace, and you know when something just doesn't feel right. Trust your instincts. Report your concerns to the National Security Hotline.

[Image changes to show an animation of a truck collecting chemical containers from a suburban home, and then changes to show a person across the street looking at this with an expression of concern]

You can help keep dangerous chemicals away from terrorists. Know the chemicals. Know the risks. Know the code.

For a copy of the code go to nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity

[Text appears on screen: If you suspect it, report it, chemical security. National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/chemicalsecurity]

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RUN TIME: 2 min 13 sec