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CFATS Security Issues -- Theft and Diversion, Release, Sabotage

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:

CFATS Legislative News

House Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) has introduced a new House bill H.R. 5186, the Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2010.  The bill, which would continue CFATS legislation as is through 2015, has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and to the Committee on Homeland...

Assessing Vulnerability -- The SVA

After completing a top screen, the next step in the process to meet the Chemical Facilities Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS) mandate for facilities using, making and storing chemicals is to wait for a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This letter either lets facilities know that they have "tiered-out" (based on...

The Next Weapon Against Chemical Terrorism -- Your Cell Phone

I recently ran across an article on Information Week that at first I thought might be a joke, but it was dated April 12, not April 1.

What is a "Top-Screen"?

As I have mentioned before, about 34,000 facilities have submitted "Top-Screens" to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine if their facility is considered at risk and subject to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorist Standards (CFATS).  So, many companies and facilities are already very familiar with a Top-Screen and what it...

Where to get the info you need

Chemical security is certainly not an everyday topic, so getting the most updated information on CFATS isn't always easy. But there are some good resources out there.  Here are a few places to look for good info:

CFATS -- Does it affect your plant?

I believe the acronym CFATS (Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards) can be misleading. Some people might think that the mandate is just for chemical and petrochemical manufacturing and processing plants.  But CFATS can affect any business or facility that manufactures, processes or stores chemicals.  That means it can affect everything from a...

Where Is CFATS Legislation?

If we are going to talk about chemical facility security, discussing CFATS would be top of mind. There is a lot of good background information available from DHS and other consultants and integrators.  But, the question is where is CFATS legislation right now? 

The Chemical Security Conversation Begins

The way we look at security changed forever in the aftermath of 9/11.  We had to take a hard look at everyday things that we took for granted like waiting at the gate for a friend or family member to get off an airplane or simply packing a pocket knife...

Do You Have Questions About CFATS?

I will be interviewing an expert on Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for an upcoming podcast. Do you have any questions you'd like answered?