Terrorism

Terrorism

Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 569
24 May 2017

Terrorism

Following the events in Manchester on Monday, the UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical – an attack is expected imminently”.

The government has guidance on the actions to take in a terrorist event, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-the-terrorist-threat/recognising-the-terrorist-threat.

These actions include:

RUN
• Escape if you can
• Consider the safest options
• Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE
• Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
• Insist others leave with you
• Leave belongings behind

HIDE
• If you cannot RUN, HIDE
• Find cover from gunfire
• If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
• Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
• Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
• Be aware of your exits
• Try not to get trapped
• Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
• Lock / barricade yourself in
• Move away from the door

TELL
• Call 999 – What do the police need to know? If you cannot speak or make a noise listen to the instructions given to you by the call taker
• Location – Where are the suspects?
• Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
• Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
• Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
• Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so

ARMED POLICE RESPONSE
• Follow officers instructions
• Remain calm
• Can you move to a safer area?
• Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat
• Keep your hands in view

OFFICERS MAY
• Point guns at you
• Treat you firmly
• Question you
• Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker
• Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so
• You must STAY SAFE
• What are your plans if there were an incident?
• What are the local plans? e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan

Suspicious items – Guidance for the public
• Do not touch
• Try and identify an owner in the immediate area
• If you still think it’s suspicious, don’t feel embarrassed or think anybody else will report it
• Report it to a member of staff, security, or if they are not available dial 999 (do not use your mobile phone in the immediate vicinity)
• Move away to a safe distance – Even for a small item such as a briefcase move at least 100m away from the item starting from the centre and moving out
Xmo Strata has terrorist threat procedures as part of our business continuity plan – make yourself familiar with them. Remember that although the recent events are deeply sad, the risk of you being involved in a terrorist event is very low, work should continue as normal with the above guidance kept in mind during your LMRA.

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