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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



  • 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.