Access keys

Skip to content Accessibility Home News, events and publications Site map Search Privacy policy Help Contact us Terms of use

Appendix A9.5iii

Security check list for BBSRC sites

Risk assessment

  • How approachable is the site in pedestrian, vehicle, rail and public transport terms?
  • Is the site identifiable as connected with animals?
  • How far from the site is the nearest Police point/station?
  • How far is the dedicated electricity substation or distribution point?
  • Is the area prone to break-in, vandalism etc?
  • What is the local extremist situation?

Protection of site

  • Has site security been reviewed by the BBSRC Security Advisor?
  • Has a site security adviser and a deputy been designated? Has he/she been trained?
  • Have the local Police, Special Branch and CTSA been informed of the work at the Site and risks?
  • Have asset protection measures been prioritised?
  • Are door locks etc. in place?
  • What CCTV, electronic access control, intruder alarm measures, etc. have been installed?
  • Is this equipment regularly tested and maintained?
  • Is a physical presence (e.g. security guards - either constant or random visits) needed?
  • Is a clear desk/closed doors/locked chemicals routine maintained to the maximum extent possible?

People aspects

  • Is there a photographic pass system in operation for staff (including wearing and checking on entry etc)?
  • Is there a proper control system for visitors (including signing in and out and visitors' passes etc.) and for material receipts?
  • Are vehicles properly controlled?
  • Are staff encouraged to question unidentified persons on site if they feel confident and safe in doing so (otherwise do they know they should report the issue direct to security)?
  • Are staff regularly reminded to be vigilant e.g. regarding suspicious parcels, activities and persons (even if the latter are BBSRC employees)?
  • Upon recruiting staff are references always obtained and any doubtful points pursued in line with Government/CPNI basic check advice?
  • Is due diligence of contractors carried out to ensure that the institute only engages suitably competent, financially viable contractors with a good security record to undertake works on its behalf?
  • Are all personal records including home addresses properly safeguarded?
  • Is computer data regularly backed-up off site?

In the event of an incident

  • Are there clear rules as to what to do (evacuation, calling emergency services, checking staff, search plans etc.) and are they prominently displayed?
  • Is there a detailed site map immediately available for use by Fire and Police?
  • Are first aid facilities (persons and equipment) adequate?
  • Are there clear rules and priorities as to who to inform at Swindon Office, other Institutes, neighbouring organisations and Emergency services?
  • Are out of hours arrangements satisfactory? Is there a Duty Officer Roster (including telephone contact details) in place? Have the ARC got the list and roistered dates? Are Keyholder instructions in place?
  • Does Swindon Office know who to inform (BIS, other Research Councils, Security Network, BBSRC Senior Officers, TUS and Communications, etc?)
  • Are there clear arrangements for handling Press enquiries?
  • Is there a need for an investigation?

Abbreviations

CCTV: Closed Circuit Television
CRB: Criminal Records Bureau
PaSS: Pro Active Security Solutions
CTSA: Counter Terrorism Security Advisor
SA: Security Advisor
ARC: Alarm Receiving Centre
SCR: Security Control Room
ANPR: Auto Number Plate Recognition

Return to top

Last updated by jc 12/11/10
Amendment 110 - November 2010