Chemical Site Security Issues

Site security and safety is, and always has been, a top priority for the chemical industry. Members of the industry have long considered the security of our sites, employees and communities of paramount importance and have voluntarily put many security measures in place to address any potential security concerns. Typical security practices modified or implemented at SOCMA member companies include:

  • Conducting vulnerability or security assessments of the facilities and/or processes
  • Communicating with law enforcement or emergency responders
  • Tightening access by contract personnel
  • Further controlling vehicle access
  • Implementing security awareness training

Access SOCMA’s position on Inherently Safer Technology (IST), here.

For more information or updates, please contact the Government Relations Team at (202) 721-4100.

DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

The Department of Homeland Security issued Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, effective June 8, 2007, for any facility that manufactures, uses, stores, or distributes certain chemicals above a specified quantity. 

This rule establishes risk-based performance standards for the security of our nation’s chemical facilities. It requires covered chemical facilities to:

  • Prepare Security Vulnerability Assessments, which identify facility security vulnerabilities, and to
  • Develop and implement Site Security Plans, which include measures that satisfy the identified risk-based performance standards.

It also allows certain covered chemical facilities, in specified circumstances, to submit Alternate Security Programs in lieu of a Security Vulnerability Assessment, Site Security Plan, or both. 

Each year SOCMA co-funds the Chemical Sector Security Summit & Expo with the Department of Homeland Security. The summit provides a forum for representatives from the chemical community to exchange information and network with other security professionals, share best practices, learn more about chemical security regulations, and gain insight into the roles of state, local and federal agencies and departments involved in chemical security. Learn more about the summit and register here.

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