Chemical Sector

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19


Chemical FacilityThe Chemical Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy that manufactures, stores, uses, and transports potentially dangerous chemicals upon which a wide range of other critical infrastructure sectors rely. Securing these chemicals against growing and evolving threats requires vigilance from both the private and public sector.

The Department of Homeland Security—identified as the Chemical Sector Risk Management Agency (SRMA) in Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21—leads the Chemical Sector’s public-private partnership and works with companies to develop tools and resources that enhance the sector’s security and resilience.

NOTE: The Chemical SRMA is a non-regulatory entity which is separate and distinct from the Department’s regulatory components.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Registration for the virtual 2021 ChemicalChemical Security Seminars 2021 Security Seminars—to be held December 1, 8, and 15, 2021—is now open! There is no cost to attend and is open to the public. For more information, visit the Chemical Security Summit webpage

Sector Overview

The Chemical Sector—composed of several hundred thousand U.S. chemical facilities in a complex, global supply chain—converts various raw materials into more than 70,000 diverse products that are essential to modern life. Based on the end product produced, the sector can be divided into five main segments, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues:

  • Basic chemicals
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer products

Chemical SRMA

Because the majority of Chemical Sector facilities are privately owned, the Chemical SRMA works closely with the private sector and its industry associations to:

  • Set goals and objectives
  • Identify assets
  • Assess risks and facility security
  • Prioritize needs
  • Develop tools and resources
  • Implement protective programs
  • Share information on natural and man-made threats and best practices to mitigate these threats
  • Develop effective public-private partnerships between chemical facility owners and operators; industry partners; and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government officials

Whether the company is an upstream retailer or downstream provider engaging in the transport or manufacturing of basic specialty, agricultural, or pharmaceutical chemicals, the Chemical SRMA is a central point of contact for innovative tools and information.

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Sector-Specific Plan

The Chemical Sector-Specific Plan details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan's risk management framework is implemented within the sector's unique characteristics and risk landscape. Each Sector Risk Management Agency develops a sector-specific plan through a coordinated effort involving its public and private sector partners. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the SRMA for the Chemical Sector.

Contact Information

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Last Updated Date: January 13, 2022

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