Shaping a novel security approach in chemical industrial clusters to prevent large-scale domino events

Genserik L L Reniers, Wout Dullaert, Karel Soudan

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Two aspects are important when it comes to guaranteeing an effective and efficient security policy in a chemical industrial cluster. The first issue involves obtaining an acceptable level of collaboration between the different enterprises forming the cluster. The second topic is to ensure that an adequate level of security personnel - quantitative as well as qualitative - is present on the cluster premises. At present, to the best of the authors' knowledge, no approaches are available for enhancing cross-company collaboration concerning security topics, or for evaluating security staffing levels. This paper elaborates a novel bi-leveled approach to deal with both these important security management aspects in chemical industrial areas. A framework is elaborated for helping company indoor security management to jointly carry out security vulnerability assessments. An additional framework is suggested to guide outdoor security management collaboration. Furthermore, an evaluation instrument is proposed to set adequate security manning levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-142
Number of pages24
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2009


  • Chemical cluster security
  • Industrial area security
  • Security manning levels
  • Security staffi ng arrangesments
  • Security vulnerability analysis


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