Bomb Safety and Security – The Managers Guide – Information and Reviews

Bombs are literally devastating, large amounts of energy are released in milliseconds creating forces capable of destroying buildings, damaging equipment, killing and injuring people. Even the threat of a bomb can cause fear and disruption.  This book helps managers develop and implement appropriate bomb safety and security measures to safeguard life, property and reputation while minimising unnecessary disruption, maintaining operations and protecting profitability.
With over 200 pages of practical advice the book provides guidance on how to deal with:

  • Bombs of various types
  • Threats
  • Unattended items
  • Post-Blast situations

In addressing these topics, this book also addresses:

  • Hazardous mail
  • Search
  • Emergency procedures
  • Training and testing
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Physical protective considerations and
  • Blast modelling

Containing checklists, guides and tools for practical application this Guide is a must have for Security Professionals, Managers and Consultants.


Donald S. Williams CPP holds qualifications in Security Management, Security Risk Management as well as Project and Resource Management; he is a Certified Protection Professional and a Registered Security Professional. He served for 20 years as a bomb technician, was the Bomb Risk Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics for which he received the Olympic Order of Merit. Don was the Defence Officer at a National Bomb Data Centre.  He is a member of the Institute of Explosive Engineers, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators and the International Association of Protective Structures. In 2013 he was awarded the Australian Security Medal for his services to the security profession. Don has had over 100 articles on security and emergency management published. He has presented to numerous conferences and has consulted domestically and internationally to public and private sector clients on bomb safety and security.

Reviews for Bomb Safety and Security

 John Bigelow,
Editor in Chief, Security Solutions Magazine

Like so many aspects of security, bomb safety and security has become a topic of significant concern to every organisation in the last decade. Any business, regardless of how large or small it might be, how innocuous it might appear, could and possibly will be subject to some type of bomb related incident through the course of its operating life. Whether it be through disgruntled employees, or as a result of operating in a target rich environment such as a large retail shopping centre or strip, or as the result of a misunderstanding or poor communication or could even simply be wrong place wrong time. The fact remains, the explosive growth (pardon the pun) of extremist activity combined with the proliferation of information freely available via the world wide web means that anyone with the motivation, means and opportunity can instigate an explosives related threat.

This is why I believe this book is an important read for anyone responsible for the safety of people and/or property, from facility managers through to retail, event, business and security managers.

Unlike other security related texts, this book has been written in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. You do not need years of experience in security or a grasp of convoluted acronyms and complicated security theory to get the most from the book. Full of easy to understand, no nonsense explanations and insights, Bomb Safety and Security: The Manager’s Guide help readers understand how to not only develop and implement appropriate bomb safety and security measures to safeguard life, property, and reputation, but more importantly, to do so while minimising unnecessary disruption, maintaining operations and protecting profitability.

The book provides guidance on how to prepare for and respond to:
– Bombs of various types
– Threats
– Unattended items
– Post-Blast situations

Drawing on 20 years experience as a bomb technician, follow by a successful career in security including such positions as the Bomb Risk Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics and the Defence Officer at a National Bomb Data Centre, Don done an enviable job of providing practical common sense approaches to problems that will make sense to both security professionals and non-security professionals alike.


Colonel (retd) Douglas Doherty ato., MSc., MA.

The old military adage, ‘planning and preparation prevents pathetically poor performance’, is the rock on which Donald Williams has constructed the arguments of his well thought out guide for managers on the preparation for and management of a range of bomb incidents.

The guide is designed for businesses and government or state institutions that may be targetted by criminals or terrorists and is about, very much in order of priority, saving lives, reducing operating costs and preventing business capacity loss, in the face of what can be a devastating criminal or terrorist attack on a place of work. But Williams also dares to ask some fundamental questions about key characteristics of the traditional response to a bomb threat or a bomb attack, particularly in relation to early transition, by declaration, from the discovery of an unrecognised to a suspicious object and on to a bomb; safety distances by rote and some evacuation procedures. All are worthy of consideration.

A bomb is not only a direct attack on people and infrastructure, it can also be an attack on the economy, creating congestion and confusion, shutting down business operations for varying amounts of time; not just the target business but also surrounding businesses, transport systems and other public services. A hoax remains the terrorists most cost effective weapon! An informed and efficient bomb incident management plan, well practiced and understood contributes greatly to defeating or degrading criminal/ terrorist designs. Consequently, Donald Williams’ excellent comprehensive analysis and his framework designs could go a long way to helping businesses meet their responsibilities to their employees, shareholders, other stakeholders and not least the public, by providing the route to such a plan.

I must point out that I disagree with Williams’ view that there is no advantage to be had from open doors and windows. Open windows and doors facilitate direct access for remote bomb disposal equipment or operators intent on neutralising the explosive device or suspect explosive device. I have on more than one occasion been limited, because I could not get my remote cameras, lights, weapons past a door carefully locked by an evacuee! Williams argues that a manager should be more worried about security of the site than ease of access by the bomb technicians; we will have to agree to disagree.

The target users for this soundly structured guide are the front line managers and teams who carry direct responsibility for workplace security. Responding to an incident, managing the scene and making a suspect device safe is ultimately the responsibility of the emergency services and Bomb Disposal professionals but until they arrive, moving people to safety and isolating the area of the suspect device, or evacuating and isolating the scene of an explosion is the responsibility of those appointed managers and their teams. For these non-professional security teams, Donald Williams guide is an invaluable assett to building and delivering a structured and practiced capability.

Reviewer: COLONEL (retd) DOUGLAS DOHERTY, ato, MSc., MA.

After commissioning into the British Army and training as an Ammunition Technical Officer, Douglas was posted as the ‘bomb disposal officer’ to London during the IRA Campaign of 75/76 and then Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

Later, he had responsibility for Explosive Ordnance Disposal across the Falkland Islands and then as the Officer responsible for setting the requirements for UK’s Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) equipment.

He moved on promotion to be the Commanding Officer of the Army School of Ammunition, training UK IEDD operators, together with NATO military and US FBI IEDD technicians.

As the Chief Ammunition Technical Officer Northern Ireland in 1999, he directed IEDD operations combating Irish terrorism. Promoted to Colonel he went on to take a seat on the Board of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA) as Director Explosive Operations.   After retiring he spent 3 years as a contracted director on the DSDA Board.

His last military posting was as Head of the Ceasefire Verification and Monitoring Mission in Southern Sudan.