Biological storage facilities are seen to be the ultimate safeguard for sensitive biological materials. These facilities usually experience very few accidents or errors over the course of large periods of time. However, many people are unaware of just how many every day threats there are to biological storage facilities. This article will introduce you to some of these issues.
Natural disasters pose a threat to biological storage facilities. During these events, parts of facilities can be damaged, taking with them the valuable goods stored inside. Plus, when such an event destroys part of a facility, the rest of the biological materials can be compromised. There may be a question of whether these materials were contaminated during the natural disaster. In the US, the most common natural disasters to affect biological storage facilities are high winds, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to move materials from one site to another. In that case, some additional risks become a possibility. There is a chance that something will happen during the lab moving process, which is why lab movers need not only be concerned with the technical aspect of the move, but also the physical security of their cargo. These risks vary based on what type of vehicle is used. Plane crashes are the least likely. But if the material is transported by land or sea, there is a larger opportunity for a crash or an accident.
Although no one likes to imagine it, America\’s biological storage facilities are under a constant threat of Biological materials are valuable to terrorists, because of their potential to wreak havoc if the public is exposed to them inadvertently. For instance, a break out of a disease could wipe out thousands of people and spread fear, with minimal effort from the terrorists.
Terrorists might be interested in attacking biological storage facilities in at least two ways. First, they might want to damage the storage facilities in the hopes that toxins and deadly viruses would be released into the public. Second, they may want to steal harmful materials in order to use them in further attacks on the American public. This is a small, but serious threat to America\’s biological storage facilities.
Accidents and the release of toxic materials from other sites could be harmful to these facilities, as well. Some of the possible threats include explosions, whether accidental or otherwise, and the release of hazardous materials from spills or radioactive accidents. Hazardous material that happens to mix with the biological material stored in these facilities could have detrimental effects, either by destroying the biological material, or by causing the release of toxins into the air.
A final risk that these facilities have to consider is building failure. Power and communication outages, fires, and floods could become problems for the maintenance of stored biological goods. A malfunction with the facility might cause materials to be stored at improper temperatures, or it may take human resources away from caring for the stored materials. Such problems are usually dealt with as quickly as possible, but even a temporary lapse in care could result in negative consequences for stored goods.
America\’s biological storage facilities have a lot of threats to cope with on a daily basis. These possibilities make it necessary for biological storage facilities to have well managed plans for dealing with each of the possible threats. Overall, they are highly successful at calculating and mitigating the potential problems that they could face.