Editors are always thinking about the future – future stories, future interviews, future readers. In fact, Editor Mark Rosenzweig often writes about engaging children in science and engineering in the hopes that we have a sustainable profession, and ultimately a sustainable audience. (Read: Convince A Child To Explore Engineering).
Everyone has a blog these days. Even my mother-in-law is a blogger. She has found a niche among the grandmotherly types who can't help but detail the lives of their grandchildren. She also gives equal time to the horse world she has been a part of since she was old...
The first two parts of the CFATS process, the Top Screen and Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) are meant to prepare facilities and DHS for the Site Security Plan (SSP) and its approval. They identify what COIs exist in what quantities, possible threats and existing security measures.
I get to meet a lot of interesting people via my role at Chemical Processing. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting J.R. "Starkey" Steuernagle, general manager of Woodex Bearing Co. Inc. And for the record, Steuernagle is pronounced SHTOY-ur-noggle.
When congress created the CFATS mandate it also created a lot of paper work. Site Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs) and Security Site Plans (SSPs) are hundreds of pages long with specific information on chemical facilities and their security - not information you would want to fall into the wrong hands. So,...
One of the things I will try to do with this blog is keep everyone updated on some of the better CFATS seminars or informational events being held. Most of these are free and they can be very useful in helping to get you the most current information on CFATS.
While at the 2010 Powder & Bulk Solids Show last month, I stopped by several booths to conduct interviews. In this video, I speak with the folks at Inpro/Seal about their newest product, the Air Mizer -- which is said to reduce maintenance, downtime, housekeeping, and lost product.
I have said before if you are looking for good information on CFATS the place to start is with the Department of Homeland Security's website "Critical Infrastructure: Chemical Security." This page has a lot of information and it is updated regularly by DHS.
So what is the real reason for the CFATS mandate? What are the concerns and what is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) looking to secure? The specific concerns about chemical production, use and storage fall into three main categories: