CFATS Regulated Security Management
The US Department of Homeland Security promulgated the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) as a set of US government security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities. The regulations apply to any facility or establishment that possesses or plans to possess, a quantity of a chemical substance determined to be potentially dangerous or that meets other risk-related criteria identified by the DHS. Under CFATS Regulated Security Management, DHS collects and reviews surveys from chemical facilities and others to determine which facilities present security risks and then requires them to write and enact a compliant security plans.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security rolled out a new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT 2.0) that includes surveys and enhanced risk tiering methodology. The DHS will apply the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) exemption to facilities regulated under 33 CFR Part 105, Maritime Facility Security regulations. Need more specific information about solutions for CFATS Regulated Security Management? Click on VisCheck CFATS or SecureGate CFATS to learn more about our port security core solutions.
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Chemical facilities that have not previously submitted a Top-Screen or Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVA), but which have come into possession of reportable chemicals, must submit a Top-Screen within 60 days. DHS also will be contacting CFATS Regulated ports that previously submitted Top-Screens to require them to submit a new Top-Screen using the CSAT 2.0. Facilities in question may choose to proactively submit a revised Top-Screen once the new tool is available.
Facilities that may be required to comply with at least some provisions of CFATS Regulated Security Management will largely fall into the following categories:
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Chemical Storage
- Chemical Distribution
- Any Use of Explosives
- Mining Operations
- Electronics Manufacturers
- Plastics Manufacturing
- Healthcare Facilities
- Energy and Utilities
- Agriculture and Food
- Paints and Coatings
Following DHS review of a CSAT Top-Screen survey, the facility may be notified that it is considered high-risk. If so, the DHS will assign a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, or Tier 4 status for CFATS Regulated Security Management. Unless a facility is specifically notified by the DHS, the SVA and SSP, both must be submitted within 120 days from the date of written notification. Tier 4 facilities may elect to submit an Alternative Security Program (ASP) in lieu of an SVA. In addition, all Tier 1 thru Tier 4 facilities may submit an ASP in lieu of an SSP.