Chemical Security Action

New Standards for Voluntary Preparedness

Just because your facility doesn’t fall under the CFATS mandates doesn’t mean that security isn’t still an issue for you. Every facility or business needs to take precautions and be ready for a possible emergency. Emergency preparedness can head off a disaster and in the event of an emergency; it...

The SSP: The First Step

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.

CVI: Keeping CFATS Info Secure

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,...

Getting Updates on CFATS and Chemical Security

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.

More Info on CFATS Info

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.

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...