In response to the security alert released by the Department of Explosives Inspectorate, Orica Yarwun – an ammonium nitrate plant – has reviewed its safety and security procedures especially so with the increase in terror threat level.
Orica Yarwun manufactures explosives that are used in the mining industry and has stringent security policies. The stringent measures applied by Orica were thoroughly examined and national terrorism threat was increased from medium to high.
To recall, Orica Yarwun was involved in an explosion near Charleville which happened last month. The explosion was caused by a truck carrying ammonium nitrate from the Orica Yarwun plant to South Australia. The incident injured eight individuals and resulted to infrastructure damages.
The said security alert, issued on September 15, was directed to all operations that use security-sensitive explosives. According to the spokesperson of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, the security alert is applicable to mine sites, manufacturers of explosives which include ammonium nitrate. Also, the alert pertains to licensed operators that amass, carry or use explosive materials.
The spokesperson comments, “Security risk assessments and security plans are required of all these licensed operators and these plans are regularly reviewed. Security mitigations must be in place at all times.”