More than 96% of all manufactured goods depend on chemicals in some way. These chemicals are used, manufactured, stored, and transported across global supply chains, forming the bedrock of industries that touch nearly every aspect of American life - from microchips to food processing. Many of these chemicals that businesses interact with every day are dangerous chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack.
Whether a small business or an international company, everyone who interacts with these chemicals has a role to play in understanding the risk and taking collective action to prevent chemicals being weaponized by terrorists. CISA's ChemLock program is a completely voluntary program that provides facilities that possess dangerous chemicals no-cost services and tools to help them better understand the risks they face and improve their chemical security posture in a way that works for their business model.
ChemLock Services and Tools
ChemLock On-Site Assessments and Assistance
CISA's ChemLock program can provide virtual or on-site assistance and assessments that help facilities identify the security risks their on-site chemicals present and offer scalable, tailored suggestions for security measures.
ChemLock resources are no-cost, publicly available guidance documents, templates, exercises, fact sheets, and flyers to help facilities enhance the cyber and physical security surrounding their chemicals.
ChemLock Exercises can help facilities test a security plan by either facilitating a live tailored tabletop exercise or providing CISA Tabletop Exercise Packages (CTEPs) that facilities can download and use as needed.
CISA offers live, on-demand training to assist owners, operators, and facility personnel with understanding the threats that chemicals pose and what security measures can be put into place to reduce the risk of dangerous chemicals being weaponized.
ChemLock: Special Access to Other CISA Services
In addition to the ChemLock services and tools that CISA provides specific to chemical security, CISA offers a variety of other resources and tools that facilities with dangerous chemicals may also find useful.
CISA offers live and on-demand training to assist owners, operators, facility personnel, and retailers with understanding the threats that chemicals pose and what security measures can be put into place to reduce the risk of dangerous chemicals being weaponized.
ChemLock: Introduction to Chemical Security
This course provides an introduction to identifying, assessing, evaluating, and mitigating chemical security risks.
ChemLock: Secure Your Chemicals Security Planning
This course walks through how to create a tailored, scalable security plan that meets the business model and unique circumstances of a facility.
To request any of CISA ChemLock's no-cost services and tools, please fill out the ChemLock Services Request Form.
Chemical Threat and Risk
Facilities with dangerous chemicals have long been attractive targets for terrorists around the world who aspire to conduct sensational attacks that could potentially cause a significant number of deaths and injuries. Threats include physical attacks, theft or diversion of chemicals, cyberattacks, unauthorized drone activity, and malicious activities by facility personnel, among others.
The risk of an unwanted outcome resulting from an incident or event involving dangerous chemicals has three components: the threat of a dangerous chemical being weaponized, the vulnerability of the facility to an attack, and the consequences of an incident if the threat were to occur. Mitigating any of these three components lowers the specific risks presented by on-site chemicals.
CISA's Chemical Security Expertise
CISA is a recognized international leader in chemical security with more than a decade of experience assisting facilities in building tailored security plans to prevent terrorist exploitation of their chemicals. From on-site consultations to chemical security publications, the CISA ChemLock program offers scalable, tailored options for facilities looking to enhance their chemical security posture.
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
Participation in any portion of CISA's ChemLock program does not replace any reporting or compliance requirements under CISA's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation (6 CFR part 27). Some ChemLock activities may fulfill CFATS requirements, depending on your specific security plan. Contact local CISA Chemical Security personnel or visit the CFATS webpage to learn more about CFATS regulatory requirements.
To request CISA ChemLock services and tools, please fill out the ChemLock Services Request Form.
For more information or questions, please email ChemLock@cisa.dhs.gov.