Chemical Security

Securing our Nation’s chemical sector infrastructure is crucial to our economic prosperity, national security, and public health and safety.

Several thousand U.S. chemical facilities—from small companies to national laboratories—use, manufacture, store, transport, or deliver chemicals in a complex, global chain that affect other critical infrastructure sectors. From computer chips for biotechnology devices to the development of synthetic fibers that make firefighters clothes water and heat resistant, chemicals are used in the products and processes that impact our daily lives.

DHS has developed voluntary and regulatory programs and resources to help stakeholders—private industry, public sector, and law enforcement—secure chemical facilities from many threats: cyber attacks, biohazards, insider threats, and theft and diversion for use in chemical or explosive weapons. Enhancing security and resilience across the chemical sector requires a collaborative effort.

UPDATE: In light of recent international events with the potential for retaliatory aggression against the U.S. and our critical infrastructure, CISA released a Chemical Security CISA Insights bulletin that urges facilities with chemicals of interest (COI)—whether tiered or untiered under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program—to consider enhanced security measures to decrease the likelihood of a successful attack. Read the entire Chemical Security CISA Insights bulletin.

Last Updated Date: January 15, 2020

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