Chemicals of security concern

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Have you considered that some chemicals may be used for unlawful purposes?

Some chemicals can be used to make explosives or weapons. As a business owner it is your responsibility to be aware of this threat and be vigilant in monitoring who has access to your chemical supplies. A National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern has been developed to assist businesses in handling products containing chemicals of security concern.

Australia is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC); an international treaty that bans the development, production, possession and use of chemical weapons, and requires the destruction of existing weapons. Some chemicals produced or used for normal industrial, medical or research activities can also have applications in the manufacture of chemical weapons. You should refer to the CWC Guide for Australian Industry Producing, Using or Trading Chemicals for further information.

The chemical and biotechnology industries may be targeted as a source of materials for chemical and biological weapons programs. Some chemicals, chemical manufacturing facilities, equipment and components (including test, inspection or protective equipment) have a commercial use but may also be used in a chemical or biological weapons program. Defence Export Control (DEC) regulates the export of certain chemicals, chemical manufacturing facilities, equipment and components. Contact DEC for advice if you suspect your product or item is being used in a weapons program.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s (ASIO) Business Liaison Unit (BLU) administers a secure website on a free subscription basis. The website contains information about the domestic and international security environment. In addition to facilitating the direct dissemination of ASIO information to Australian businesses, the BLU provides businesses with a point of contact for the Australian intelligence community and notification of upcoming security presentations and events.

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