Bomb and Terrorist Threats

general health and safety

Bomb and Terrorist Threats – What Everyone Needs to Know

This online training programme provides guidance on bomb and terrorist threat risk management procedures for the workplace.

There has been an increasing prevalence of bomb threats, terrorist threats, and violence in general at work. As a result, experts have developed techniques to prepare for these situations and keep employees safe. This e-learning programme works through these techniques, so that employees know what to expect and what to do if such a situation occurs.

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Human Focus is currently offering the following e-learning courses under the general health and safety toolkit:

Bomb and Terrorist Threat Hazards

Some bomb threats are placed well in advance and contain specific information. The precise motive behind these is often difficult to ascertain but could include extortion, an intent to disrupt or distract, or general maliciousness. Regardless of the motive, bomb threats are obviously disruptive to operations and can have far-ranging negative impacts.

It’s important that staff understand how to handle a bomb threat in the workplace, if there is any chance they will receive them.

Bomb Threats in the Workplace

A bomb threat is defined as a threat to ignite an explosive or flammable device with intent to cause harm to assets, death, or injuries. It is a terrifying event for all businesses, institutions, and individuals involved. Whether in the form of a suspicious package or a phone call, all potential threats must be treated with the appropriate level of caution.

Bomb threats pose a very real hazard to everyone in the vicinity of a targeted workplace. Employers affected by a bomb threat must take necessary, rapid, and secure steps to ensure the prevention of all potential harm.

Bomb Threat Procedures in the Workplace UK

The government’s crowded place guidance suggests methods for managing response plans to threat levels, business continuity, risk, and communication, among other things.

Employers can also encourage their employees to understand and implement Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness. ACT Awareness is a national initiative aimed at better protection of buildings, business areas, and neighborhoods from terrorist threats.

In the event of a threat by telephone or email following staff and safety, bomb threat response procedures must be followed.

Staff Actions:

  • Notify the proper coworkers immediately
  • Ensure that authorities are contacted

Security Actions:

  • The ranking security officer should notify all facilities through the most appropriate channel
  • All officers should remain alert according to situation specifics

Immediate Communication Steps in the Event of a Bomb or Terrorist Threat

Any member of staff with a direct phone line, mobile phone, or direct community interaction could receive a bomb threat. If a phone threat is received:

  • Stay calm and carefully listen for details
  • If practical, keep the caller speaking and alert a colleague to dial the emergency response number
  • Log key data – a bomb threat checklist template is a useful tool to have on hand in such an event
  • Contact the appropriate persons within the organisation

How to Handle a Bomb Threat in the Workplace

Regardless of a bomb threat’s veracity, it is an employee’s job to follow procedure and ensure safety for all potentially affected. Measures for evacuation during a bomb threat will depend on your organisation and the premises affected.

Background and Statistics

Every year, a large number of bomb threats are made, most of which are found to be hoaxes. In August 2019, an office in Liverpool had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat. Although there was no bomb, the threat response’s physiological and psychological effects and lost time associated with the effort were real.

Unfortunately, not all threats are hoaxes. In 1996, the Manchester bombing caused serious damage, and mass causalities were only avoided because the authorities were able to clear tens of thousands of people in the minutes between the threat being received and the bomb’s detonation.

Legal Responsibilities

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers, supervisors, managers, and health and safety officers have lawful duties to protect the health and safety of their workers. Companies need to arrange adequate training for the staff and make sure that health and safety plans are recognised.

The Management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999 also mandate that employers ensure that all relevant safety procedures are updated and in force.

Employer Duty

  • Employers must safeguard the health, protection, and well-being of all workers and visitors from any risks that employees may face, including bomb and terrorist threats

Employee Duty

  • Employees must co-operate with supervisors to facilitate compliance

Bomb and Terrorist Threats Programme Objectives

  • Minimise the potential risks of bomb and terrorist threats
  • Demonstrate to employees what to do in the event of a bomb threat

Course Content of Bomb and Terrorist Threats Training Online

Trainees will understand how to:

  • Reduce Risks from bomb and terrorist threats
  • Handle bomb and terrorist threat telephone calls
  • Respond to bomb and terrorist threats

Who Is This Bomb and Terrorist Threat Course For?

This e-learning course is for anyone who may receive a bomb or terrorist threat or manages those others who may receive a bomb or terrorist threat, such as:

  • Employees
  • Managers
  • Health and safety professionals

Benefits of This Bomb and Terrorist Threat Training Course

Course-Specific Benefits for Employees

  • Concise, yet informative
  • Accessible 24/7 via the Human Focus learning management system
  • Interactive in-course and end-of-session assessments
  • CPD-approved certificate issued upon successful completion

Benefits for the Organisation

  • Demonstrates compliance with relevant legislation
  • Reduces the potential impact of this hazard
  • Supports a positive health and safety culture within the workplace

Course Format

  • 100% online training course – accessible via any device
  • Course duration – 8+ minutes
  • End of course knowledge test assesses comprehension

Course Certificate

  • CPD-approved certificate issued upon successful completion

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bomb Threat Checklist?

A bomb threat checklist is a health and safety audit that helps to ensure a proper response to receipt of a bomb threat. The checklist ensures that the receiver of the threat understands which information to collect before relaying the details to authorities.

Are most bomb threats real?

While the vast majority of bomb threats are pranks or fake, all bomb threats must be taken seriously because of the potential disaster involved. Hoax threats to frighten the public and businesses may be used to draw attention to a cause, get revenge, or to deceive the police. This does not make them any less serious.

There may be no immediate way to tell, if a bomb threat is real or not. This task is one best for professionals to ascertain.

How can Human Focus help employers ensure a safe workplace for employees?

Human Focus is a leading provider with 28+ years of experience in offering health and safety online training globally. Our bomb and terrorist threat e-learning course can help employers educate their employees on how to adopt safe working practices in the workplace to minimise the risks of bomb threats and take appropriate action.

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