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100 Things To Ponder About The Periodic Table

It arrived. My advance copy of "The Elements, An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table" (Shelter Harbor Press, October 2012). The UPS driver pulled up to my driveway with book in hand while I was outside with my three dogs.

Recent Security Breach At Saudi Aramco Solidifies The Notion Of Preparing For The Worst

Like any major catastrophe, many companies think it won't happen to them. But "stuff" happens and it's best to be prepared for the worst. Just ask Saudi Aramco. On Aug. 15 the oil producer was attacked by a virus named “Shamoon,” which damaged 30,000 computers.

Hazardous Chemicals: Knowledge Is Power

With great discovery comes great risk. Chemical companies are no exceptions. But employees have a right to know what they are dealing with at work. If they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, they should have resources available to understand the risks and learn how to best manage their environment.  

Helium Shortage Bursts Balloons

"No Balloons Due To A Helium Shortage" – that's what the sign said at my  local grocery store. Really? How could there be a shortage of helium? Isn't that one of the most-abundant elements in the universe?

A Last Look Back at Chemical Security - Highlights from the Conversation

The first entry I wrote for this blog back in April 2010 was entitled “The Chemical Security Conversation” begins -- and what a conversation it’s been. I hope that we have been able to provide you with relevant news and information and maybe shed some light on a complex topic.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: ISCD Regulatory Update

At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit, David Wulf, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided an ISCD regulatory update.Mr. Wulf began by reviewing the current status of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, noting that in the 5 years since the inception of...

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: Theft and Diversion

At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit I had the opportunity to attend the Theft and Diversion breakout session, which explored various chemical theft and diversion schemes as well as some of the measures companies are implementing to mitigate chemical theft and diversion.

Headache? New Technology Will Let You Print Two Aspirin

No one can say that Professor Lee Cronin, leader of a team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, lacks ambition. According to a recent article from UK-based The Guardian, Cronin wants to create downloadable chemistry, with the ultimate aim of allowing people to "print" their own pharmaceuticals at home.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: Potential Threat Actors

On the first day of the Summit, I had the opportunity to moderate a breakout session entitled “Potential Threat Actors’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.” Panel members included Timothy Scott, Chief Security Officer, Dow Chemical, Clyde Miller, Director of Corporate Security, BASF, and Scott McDougall, Intelligence Analyst, Office of Intelligence and...

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit

Last week I was able to attend the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit (Summit) in Baltimore, Maryland. The Summit, which is co-funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), is one of the largest annual gatherings of chemical security professionals.