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Critical Security Systems for Chemical Facilities

Chemical security changed in a material manner in the post-9/11 world. The development of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (“CFATS”) created a regulatory framework that impacted thousands of chemical manufacturers, storage facilities and others who deal in chemicals that were deemed relevant to the new regulations. After the assessments, the site security plans and the analysis of the risk-based performance standards, you will have to install reliable security solution.


ISI has the experience that you can count on, and is a qualified Safety Act provider, which is an important consideration to take into account in your overall security plan. ISI chemical security specialists provide relevant references and experience sets during our initial consultations.

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    1 Access Control

    Intrinsically safe proximity readers and enterprise-wide access control

    Access control in chemical plants is important for two key reasons. First, access control systems limit access to areas that are restricted, not only for security reasons, but for safety and exposure risks as well. Secondly, it is a basic requirement for any type of mustering system that is used at a plant. Various types of access control readers can be used, from intrinsically safe to long-range readers used at truck gates. An experienced understanding of how chemical plants operate makes the design collaboration process much more effective.

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    2 Video Surveillance

    Observation of key security assets and visual verification of the industrial process

    Video surveillance in chemical plants is typically used in two areas: overall surveillance at perimeter and critical interior locations, and for process monitoring, such as flair stacks or rail car unloading. The use of explosion-proof cameras, nitrogen-purged cameras for volatile environments or tamper-resistant cameras for high-traffic areas is all within the range of expertise of ISI’s application designers. Centralized recording, multi-station viewing locations and remote off-site surveillance and video backup are systems and services that your ISI chemical security consultant can discuss with you in greater detail.

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    3 Intrusion Detection

    Detection from the fence line to critical interior locations

    Intrusion detection begins at the perimeter of chemical facilities. The concepts, discussed in the CFATS regulations, call for an approach based first on detection. Detection and the experience in installing exterior perimeter systems are a unique skill set that our ISI experts all possess. We understand the issues related to unwanted false alarms, video verification interfaces and the daily operation and use of the systems. The integration of physical security, such as fencing, is an important skill set to have to ensure the proper functioning of your overall security posture. The inclusion of interior detection into the overall design, including interior motion detection, high-security door switches and other alarm devices such as panic buttons, is a common practice of our installation team.

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    4 Detention Grade Equipment

    Hardening critical entry points with detention-grade doors and walls

    At key points in a facility, electronic security can only provide so much coverage. It can be effective in the detection process, but not as effective in the step of delaying an authorized person(s). The use of detention-grade equipment, such as metal doors and walls, can help to harden a key access point. The design, engineering and construction of truly secure control rooms is an area in which ISI has a proven track record of success. In these applications, detention-grade equipment truly matters. Clients can place their trust in ISI and can reference scores of control room applications installed over the course of the past two decades.

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    5 Gate & Barrier Systems

    Controlling truck and pedestrian traffic with the latest in control solutions

    The ability to allow certain trucks in and out of facilities relies on gate systems. Gates can be as simple as basic parking gates to multi-stage hydraulic gates at high-security access points. The interface of gates into an overall perimeter security system can be complex. Experience in the proper functioning of these gates is a quality in all ISI designers. Barrier systems, such as perimeter barriers integrated into exterior landscaping, or “pop-up” barriers designed for rapid deployment, are examples of systems that have been installed by ISI over the past decade. The unique issues involved in the installation and service of these systems is a topic that your ISI chemical security consultant can discuss with you.

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    6 Duress and Notification

    When the message needs to be heard loud and clear

    The use of mass notification in chemical facilities can range from the notification of an unsafe release to notification of issues related to mustering points. When these systems are required, failure is not an option. It is important to have a thorough and detailed initial design. To obtain this, work with our ISI experts to deploy these systems in a manageable way. The interface into existing telecommunication systems and the ability to deliver notification offsite to local authorities or to interior locations, such as a command center, can also be incorporated.

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    7 Fire Detection Solutions

    Early detection of fire decreases risk

    The early detection of fire at a chemical plant can make a major difference in response time and overall impact of the incident. ISI installs fire alarm systems for standard offices within chemical facilities. These systems can be tied into larger, facility-wide systems so that zone or area identification is easier. We can also monitor the deluge systems that are installed by others in and around the physical plant.

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    8 Physical Security Information Management

    The ability to see the whole picture

    Command and control centers and distributed subcommand and control rooms make up the heart of a chemical plant.  These centers typically include both main controls for the chemical process in the plant and the security and all of the life safety controls responsible for the secure functioning of the plant. True interfacing between ISI-installed systems and systems installed by others is a skill that our ISI experts all possess, including our design, engineering and installation professionals. The creation of custom interfaces, unique controls and the ability to consolidate information is a key reason that major chemical manufacturers and storage facilities have turned to ISI for assistance.

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