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Industrial, Manufacturing and Food Security Consultant

Is your industrial, manufacturing or food security program a strategically planned and synergistic system that cost effectively prevents and mitigates your real threats and risks, or is it a collection of measures developed over the years as a reaction to incidents and concerns?

The security of manufacturing and industrial, as well as food and beverage production and processing and warehouse and distribution, facilities and operations is an issue of significant importance and much misunderstanding.   Industrial, manufacturing and food security risks that may be faced could include workplace threats and violence, theft and pilferage, counterfeiting, sabotage, terrorist attack, trespassing, activist disruption, vandalism, contamination, etc.  We have found that many such facilities are fairly accessible and that employee security awareness is often lacking or weak.

Manufacturing, Industrial, Warehouse/Distribution, Factory, and Food and Beverage Security Consulting Services Provided

Sem Security Management is a leader and innovator in the area of manufacturing, industrial, facility, factory, and food and beverage security consulting.  We can:

  • perform manufacturing, industrial or food security and vulnerability assessments and surveys
  • develop industrial security-related policies, plans and procedures
  • develop self-assessment and audit methodologies
  • train staff in conducting self-assessments and audits
  • provide security awareness and workplace violence prevention training
  • develop industrial emergency and crisis plans, to include workplace violence, bomb threats, terrorism, sabotage, contamination, etc.
  • conduct penetration testing
  • plan for strikes and work stoppages
  • develop and enhance contract and proprietary security officer programs
  • review or develop security departments

Key Concepts of Effective Manufacturing, Industrial, Facility and Food and Beverage Security

  • An effective manufacturing or food and beverage security program should complement existing programs and processes including safety awareness, environmental management, hiring and screening procedures, emergency and crisis planning and response, shipping and receiving, etc.
  • The team-based manufacturing risk assessment (see the "Security Assessments" page) elicits local, departmental and corporate buy-in, understanding and support by involving key staff in the process.
  • Don't forget overseas facilities when planning your security.  Risks and vulnerabilities may be higher.
  • In addition to counter-terrorism considerations, manufacturing and industrial security assessments should consider all sorts of security-related harm that could occur including sabotage, arson, theft and pilferage, vandalism, trespassing, workplace violence, activist disruption, contamination, etc.
  • Positive security awareness by employees is the most powerful, cost effective and frequently neglected of all security countermeasures. (see our Page on Security Awareness)
  • Effective and comprehensive manufacturing and industrial security doesn't have to cost an arm and leg.
  • Most manufacturing and industrial firms have relatively comprehensive emergency planning and response processes, but those processes often don't allow for security-related emergencies and crises.
  • While most firms have done much to screen and manage their own employees, often relatively little has been done concerning contractors, vendors, temporary workers, non-company drivers and other authorized "outsiders" who may have equal levels of access and exposure.
  • For firms with many and diverse operations, it may not be necessary to personally conduct security assessments of each.  Self-assessment and planning processes can be developed that will elicit involvement by all facilities, large and small alike.
  • Most industrial firms do not have dedicated security managers.  Typically the security function is managed by someone who wears "many hats," who may be managers of EHS, Safety, Human Resources, Facilities Management/Maintenance, Engineering, etc.  In those cases, we provide the support and expertise of the in-house security manager.
  • We can support you in meeting the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) security criteria and assessments, as well as their expectations for security awareness.
  • We can also assist with industrial security planning for higher risk situations such as potential strikes or labor stoppages, lay-offs, acquisitions, mergers, activist attention, downsizing, etc.

We also have experience with performing food security assessments and developing related plans and policies that meet USDA, FDA and FSIS food security and safety guidelines.

Recently the skyrocketing cost of copper has caused a rash of copper thefts at facilities that handle quantities of copper such as utilities and their storage yards and substations.  We can assist with planning for the protection of copper.

We can optionally provide various Cap Index reports geared to your particular location(s) that could include:

  • A database report that provides "Past", "Current" and "Projected" CRIMECAST™ scores relative to the national, state and county average of 100. We provide the CRIMECAST™ scores for the ten (10) different crime categories, and a total of ninety (90) crime risk scores per location.  This report identifies not only the types and trends of crimes in the area and the frequency with which they are occurring, but it also represents the areas of crime in a graphical format (spatial and temporal analysis). 
  • A consequence-management tool that identifies potential targets, threats, or other sites of concern near your facility, providing a broader perspective on each location’s total security requirements.   These reports identify area:

    • Nuclear Power Plants
    • Power Utility Centers
    • Chemical Plants
    • International Airports
    • Regional Airports
    • Train Stations
    • Seaports
    • Hospitals
    • Military Bases
    • US Courts
    • Malls
    • Colleges
    • and more...
  • RedFlag™ is the first risk-based approach for building management protection which includes the assessment of possible hazards from natural disasters, crime and terrorism.  The information from RedFlag™ can be easily accessed by users and will be presented in detailed charts and reports.

Please call or write if you have any questions or would like to confidentially discuss your manufacturing, industrial or food security needs and concerns in more depth.

We can provide a list of clients and professional references upon request.

We are located in the Midwest between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI close to St. Louis, Madison, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Indianapolis, and support clients throughout North America, Europe and the world
 
Richard D. Sem, CSC CPP
President and Industrial Security Consultant
Sem Security Management
602 Trevino Drive
Lake Geneva, WI    53147
P:   262-862-6786
FAX:   847-589-8566
E-Mail:   Dick.Sem@SemSecurity.com

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"It was a pleasure working with Sem Security Management and I would very much recommend Sem Security Management as would I use them again in the future."

"Sem Security's breadth of experience and knowledge was very helpful to us in improving our understanding of the issues and options we had regarding security." 

"The feedback I received from the staff and officers  interviewed by Dick was excellent.  They commented on his thoroughness and his professionalism and willingness to listen.  The report we received from him was complete, comprehensive, well-written and extremely helpful.""To describe your report as comprehensive and excellent is an understatement"

 

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