Risk Management: Working Safely

Photo: BL3 PersonnelECBC's Risk Management is a one-stop source for technical assistance within the defense research and development community. Here, ECBC technicians work with a wide variety of hazardous materials including unique military chemical agents, microbiologicals, biological toxins, radionuclides, lasers and pyrotechnics or explosives. The office provides safety, occupational health, surety and security consultative services and aids in the development of test plans, risk assessments, hazard analyses, equipment operating procedures and facility design specifications. Staff also can provide expert advice on the safe handling, storage, decontamination and disposal of highly toxic items in laboratory and test chamber operations.

Safety, Surety & Security Highlights

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, ECBC worked with the U.S. Army's Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization and the Soldier and Biological Chemical Command to identify vulnerabilities associated with storage of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile. The Center quickly drafted and implemented a plan designed to mitigate security risks and eliminate the footprint of exposed chemical weapons. The Center also provided the primary knowledge base for accelerated destruction of the chemical stockpile devising a safe modified agent neutralization disposal method.











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