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Chemical Threats: Further Information

Newrisk Limited is available to advise organisations and governments on chemical threats including chemical incident prevention and response.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have designed and overseen the construction and training programmes for a pioneering chemical rapid response unit designed to operate in urban areas and in remote areas accessible only by plane. This unit was established following a review of fire brigades throughout Queensland which led to the formation of a modernised fire service, supported by the chemical response unit.

Technical assessments and risk advice has also been provided to rail authorities for hazardous goods management, investigations of road and rail chemical incidents as well as site risk assessments and field exercises on chemicals storage sites and hazardous chemicals on critical infrastructure (such as power stations and water treatment sites).

Chemicals in confined space environments (such as tunnels and buildings) have formed part of the work to protect the public from accidents and terror attacks. Exercises for rail and rail/airport interfaces have also been undertaken for governments and have involved various forms of chemical agents that may be used by terrorists in an attack on urban infrastructure.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided media commentary, lectures, conference papers, workshops and publications on this topic, examples of which are set out below. To return to an overview of Newrisk Limited's chemical threat expertise, please click here.

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a chemical threat, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Media Commentary

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has provided media commentary on chemical threats, including:


Lectures & Conferences

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided lectures & conferences on chemical threats, including:


Workshop Exercises

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided workshops on chemical threats, including:


Publications

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has written publications on chemical threats, including:


Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has also been cited in publications on chemical threats, including:


Unpublished Papers

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has written unpublished papers on chemical threats, including:


To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a chemical threat, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

 

Sally Leivesley


       DR SALLY LEIVESLEY




          BREAKING NEWS

  • Cyber
  • Nuclear

Prepare for the unexpected. New forms of attack will be unexpected in time, tactics and consequences and may include kinetic attacks on undersea cables and space infrastructure. 

Questions to Consider:
Does the organisation have a capacity to fast switch to other cloud, in-house server or hot site operations to limit recovery time? Are there diagnostics for sensors and control systems and the interface with operations?  Could a global security crisis in the South and East China Seas and flash points elsewhere (including Europe) target an organisation’s upstream cyber providers?  Other resilience tasks to check are:

  • - Competent external recovery services;
  • - Internal policies for real time back- up systems unconnected to live operations;
  • - Financial resources for full re-build after ransomware;
  • - Internal policies to avert ransomware payments; 
  • - Cooperative recovery planning with industry peers;
  • - Regular modular and  whole of organisation exercises;
- Multiple scenario tests for strength of preparedness.

 Nations signalling intent of conflict.
 Energy regeneration challenges.

Nuclear conflict and radiation incidents are a high risk for some regions.  Nations are engaging in
‘signalling’ capability of weapons and intent. The most frequent signals are coming from China in
relation to Taiwan; the USA in relation to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea; Russia in
sending Zircon hypersonic missiles onto naval voyages into the Atlantic, movement of nuclear
weapons to Belarus and threats to Ukraine; North Korea in frequency of missile tests including
submarine launched missiles and drones; and Iran’s apparent nuclear enrichment found to be at
84% purity.

Planning for Energy Regeneration Post Nuclear Conflict:
1. Hardened energy infrastructure;
2. Academic and Industry collaborative Programmes;
3. Small Modular Reactors built underground;
4. Supplemental critical control system separated from IOT; and
5. Energy planning for rail transportation of populations.