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DHS releases Building and Infrastructure Protection Series

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a series of pamphlets to aid in the design and construction of structures that can withstand unusually severe hazards.

Ideally, every bridge, tunnel, train terminal, building, and other critical piece of infrastructure would be built to withstand any emergency, but construction costs can often limit engineers to "build to code." While minimum codes still ensure safety, the DHS says they may offer minimum comfort when nature or terror hits hard.

The new publications explain how researchers at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) have developed ways to both fortify current critical structures and design and construct new buildings that can absorb blows and remain functional.

"This series lays the foundation for designing a new generation of resilient buildings," says Mila Kennett, who oversees the series in S&T’s Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division.

Enhance worker safety while building new resistant structures with safety products, such as fall protection, hard hats, and respiratory protection, to protect against hazards such as falling from rooftops, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos.