Action Upon Discovery of any Suspicious Delivered Item
You could discover a suspicious item in a mail room, or anywhere else in the building - ensure you have appropriate emergency response plans in place.
Avoid unnecessary handling and X-raying
- if you are holding the item, put it down on a cleared flat surface
- keep it separate so it is easily identifiable
- do not move it, even to X-ray it
- if it is in an X-ray facility, leave it there
Move away immediately
- clear immediate area and each adjacent room, including rooms above and below
- if there is any suggestion of chemical, biological or radiological materials, move those directly affected to a safe location close to the incident - keep these individuals separate from those not involved
- prevent others approaching or accessing the cleared areas.
Do not use mobile phones or two-way radios in the cleared area or within fifteen metres of the suspect package.
Communicate regularly with staff, visitors and the public.
- if the item has been opened, or partially opened prior to being deemed suspicious, it is vital that this is communicated to the police
- ensure informants and witnesses remain available to brief the police, and that the accuracy of their observations is preserved: encourage witnesses immediately to record their observations in writing, and discourage them from discussing the incident or their observations with others prior to the arrival of the police.