In 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). This regulation (6 CFR §27) directs the DHS to identify, assess, and ensure the effective security of chemicals at high-risk chemical facilities. Pursuant to this new legislation, the university is required to maintain a current chemical inventory of all hazardous chemicals listed on the DHS Appendix A — Chemicals of Interest (PDF). This list contains those chemicals that have been determined by DHS to pose a potential security risk related to their release, theft, diversion, sabotage or contamination and/or chemicals that have been deemed critical to the national economy or governmental mission.
In order to ensure Ohio University’s compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard, and to ensure the proper security and safety of our chemicals, the OHIO University Chemical Security Council will procedurally define the inventorying and reporting structure. The Chemical Security Council will also procedurally define how Ohio University will keep inventories of Chemicals of Interest below the reporting threshold as defined in Appendix A of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard.
All Laboratories are required to complete this survey and return it to my office. This survey must be completed annually and upon initial start-up of any laboratory. This form must also be used to inform this office anytime Chemicals of Interest are ordered.
Please follow this link to find out more about the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards