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Employee Preparedness

Newrisk Limited can assist clients by preparing their employees to respond to major incidents and disruption events and assisting employees to adjust to a post incident environment.

Employee preparedness exercises may take the form of employee shelter and evacuation exercises, self-protection lectures and workshops as well as post incident advice. Recent work on employee preparedness has included post Fukushima advisory work to enable employees to self-protect against radiation and other perceived risks.

Since 9/11, Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has made extensive comments in the media about the preparedness of employees in the workforce for terror threats including vehicle borne explosive devices, suicide bombing and CBRN*, as well as from natural disasters (such as pandemics). Northern Ireland terrorist threats and international terrorism as well as home grown and self-radicalised terrorism have also been the subject of media commentary.

Dr Leivesley has provided media commentary on the risk of recruitment of personnel from the workforce, particularly in relation to critical infrastructure such as rail and aviation. She has also exercised and prepared training manuals for hazardous industry organisations, including dangerous goods carriage by rail, power stations, control room personnel in rail and power industries, evacuation from tall buildings, ship loading of fuel and the security of laboratory personnel.

For previous lectures, conference papers and publications on employee preparedness, please click here.

To request employee preparedness assistance, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

* CBRN = Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.


Sally Leivesley



  • Security 2018
  • Cyber!

Walk-in attacks by terrorists with guns, improvised explosive devices, knives & other weapons are happening in 2018. France has started to suffer significant threats from attacks directed at police using vehicles & guns.  Heroic police actions to protect the public have united the country.  In England, an attack using Novichok nerve agent on the former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury  has increased business sensitivity to international tensions & unconventional weapons.

Regulatory compliance with GDPR will be the top challenge for companies in 2018.   Nation State, organised crime and individual hostile cyber actors can be mitigated by well-trained workforce teams & confident, adaptive & innovative leaders. Cloud & third party providers & insider threats add to the regulatory burden on business. When one mastermind criminal can take a billion dollars out of the financial sector in four years the scale of business losses to poor performance in cyber operations is obvious.  Energy, banking and transportation are high risk targets and organisations with static unchanging security practices are possible consequential victims.