Chemical facilities in the United States and elsewhere can be dangerous places – there are risks of fumes, leakages, burns, fires, and a myriad of other risks associated with operating with often dangerous chemicals. What’s important to remember is that all of those things can happen by accident (that’s right, dangerous accidents happen all the time), but think about what could happen if a terrorist group wanted to do harm with the use of American chemical facilities. It could be catastrophic.
CFATS or chemical facility anti-terrorism standards are a set of rules outlined by the US Department of Homeland Security that imposes comprehensive security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities to help prevent any terrorist intervention and attack. CFATS establishes risk-based performance standards for chemical facilities in the United States. The security risks are determined as follows:
As all chemical plants are different, and each has different vulnerabilities and weaknesses, these sort of risk-based standards allow for each to determine its own security protocol and makes us all the safer for it. This ease and flexibility that the government has given chemical facilities means that there are often complex solutions to their security needs.
We at Allied Fire and Security have made it our mission to learn the ins and outs of CFATS and can help you navigate the complex requirements to help find a security solution that best meets your specific needs and risks.