Magazine article Risk Management

New Ratings for Building Security Risks

Magazine article Risk Management

New Ratings for Building Security Risks

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Since September 11, 2001, risk managers have been especially concerned with what steps they should take to secure their facilities. There was no broad, flexible and simple mechanism available, however, to help risk managers determine how much protection their facilities really need and whether they are, in fact, measuring up to that level. Recognizing this, the American Society of Civil Engineers established the Building Security Council (BSC) in 2005, a nonprofit organization with the vision of enhancing public safety by promoting building security.

The BSC has developed a voluntary building security rating program called PLUS (Promoting Logical Unified Security). At its core are the recommendations of the FEMA Risk Management Series publications, carefully arranged within a risk-based framework. A classification questionnaire addresses hazard and impact considerations that contribute to target attractiveness. A series of checklists then provides a menu of potential physical and operational countermeasures; some are mandatory, but most have points associated with them in accordance with their implementation cost and mitigation value.

In order to attain a specific PLUS rating category, a building must have all of the mandatory countermeasures for that category and receive a certain percentage of the points available for the other countermeasures. Bonus points may be awarded for innovative solutions that are not included in the checklists.

A risk manager who wishes to have a facility formally rated by the BSC will need to retain an assessment team led by a licensed professional engineer or architect to prepare the necessary documentation. In order to identify individuals with the right qualifications, the BSC created the Building Security Certified Professional (BSCP) credential. Candidates must pass a written examination to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplinary security considerations that are relevant to the planning, design, construction, operation and evaluation of buildings.

PLUS ratings from the BSC provide risk managers with detailed and valuable information for making wise investment or underwriting decisions by requiring a systematic evaluation of each facility's capability to defend against, respond to, or recover from an incident. PLUS ratings also enhance loss control strategies by offering a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective road map for appropriately safeguarding occupants and contents against a range of potential threats. …

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