Conference To Address DHS Requirements For Chemical Industry

The 3rd annual ChemSecure Conference will be held March 23- 25, 2009, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston. The conference is designed to support the chemical industry's efforts to implement and comply with the various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulatory framework requirements into their existing management systems programs. Through general sessions and breakouts, you will better understand these requirements.

This year, some of the major issues that are to be discussed include:
• Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) requirements for risk-based performance metrics and site security plans as well as what to expect from inspectors as they review the site plans, and ultimately evaluate your site for compliance;

• Legislative activities in Washington that are likely to impact the CFATS program including consideration of inherently safer technology;

• DHS efforts to harmonize requirements between the growing list of security related initiatives such as the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rail security regulations, the Maritime Transportation Security Act MTSA and CFATS requirements;

• DHS and industry voluntary initiatives such as security metrics, voluntary site vulnerability assessments, Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) trainings and the Chemical Security Assessment Center's efforts to improve DHS risk-assessments and modeling to make their assumptions more accurate on both the regulatory and voluntary initiatives.

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