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ISO publishes new standard on emergency management and hazardous facilities

The International Organization for Standardization has published a new standard: ISO 22326:2018 Security and resilience - Emergency management - Guidelines for monitoring of facilities with identified hazards

This standard will contribute to an overall emergency management framework which seeks to reduce the risk to people, operations, property, and the environment. It aims to assist organizations in monitoring hazards in order to reduce the impact of resulting incidents. Effective monitoring can provide public and private sector emergency management organizations with ongoing, timely, accurate and relevant monitoring data used in emergency management decision making.

Key features of ISO 22326

This document provides guidelines for monitoring hazards within a facility as a part of an overall emergency management and continuity program by establishing the process for hazard monitoring at facilities with identified hazards. This standard can be used by any facility with identified hazards and may be used by organizations responsible for safety and security such as:

— Owners and operators of facilities;

— Engineers, installers and contractors during facility planning, construction, maintenance;

— Public authorities responsible for emergency prevention activities and incident response;

— Insurance companies, potentially affected residents;

— Legislators;

— Scientific community/researchers

ISO 22326:2018, Security and resilience - Emergency management - Guidelines for monitoring facilities with identified hazards, is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.