The U.S. Chemical Sector converts raw materials into more than 70,000 diverse products essential to modern life and distributes those products to more than 750,000 end users throughout the Nation. Several hundred thousand U.S. chemical facilities—ranging from petrochemical manufacturers to chemical distributors—use, manufacture, store, transport, or deliver chemicals along a complex, global supply chain. End users include critical infrastructure sectors, making the uninterrupted production and transportation of chemicals essential for national and economic security.
The Chemical Sector—is made up of four distinct components, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues:
- Basic chemicals
- Specialty chemicals
- Agricultural chemicals
- Consumer products
Whether the company is an upstream retailer or downstream provider engaging in the transport or manufacturing of these chemicals or products, the Chemical SRMA is a central point of contact for innovative tools and information.
Chemical 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.
National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
Our Nation's well-being relies upon secure and resilient critical infrastructure—the assets, systems, and networks that underpin American society. The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience outlines how government and private sector participants in the critical infrastructure community work together to manage risks and achieve security and resilience outcomes.
Chemical Sector Council Charters and Membership
The Chemical Sector has a strong history of working in partnership with both the private and public sector to develop industry practices that build a culture of safety and security. In accordance with the partnership framework developed in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) 2013, private owners and operators work directly with their peers through the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council and with the government counterparts at all levels through the Chemical Government Coordinating Council.
Chemical Government Coordinating Council (GCC)
The Chemical GCC enables interagency and cross-jurisdictional coordination and communication on chemical security strategies, safety activities, and policies among Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC)
The Chemical SCC is a self-organized, self-governed council of representatives from 15 trade associations. The Chair and Vice Chair represent individual owners and operators from the trade associations.
Chemical Resources & PublicationsMore Chemical Sector Resources
This Summit is the signature industry event for chemical representatives across the chemical and interconnected sectors to learn, share perspectives and engage in dialogue.
Discover the most pressing issues CISA is tracking, current directives you should be aware of, and campaigns we’ve launched to further our mission.
Chemical Sector Training
The Chemical Sector collaborates with government and sector partners to identify and develop free or low-cost security awareness training and resources that provide chemical sector stakeholders with the knowledge and tools to enhance their security and resilience.
This training provides further understanding of the NFPA 704 system, improving chemical sector facility safety, security, and resilience.
GHS— The Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals– CISA Chemical SRMA Informational Webinar
This training delivers an overview of the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The Chemical Sector Security Awareness Training as a foundational voluntary training course that provides an overview of security awareness at chemical facilities for private sector stakeholders.
The Chemical Sector Risk Management Agency supports requests from chemical industry councils, associations, and emergency management agencies for presentations, training, exhibits, and exercises.
The Office of Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops tools to improve national preparedness for bombing threats at all levels of government, the public, and within the private sector.
The Critical Infrastructure Learning Series allows the Department to provide web-based seminars on current and emerging critical infrastructure topics, tools, trends, issues, and best practices.
The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of training opportunities for DHS personnel, partners, and citizens, including home and business owners.
CISA offers live, 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.
Chemical Sector Regulatory Authorities and Executive Orders
As the majority of Chemical Sector assets are privately owned and operated, effective security and resilience planning requires a shared commitment between the public and private sectors to implement the most effective risk management strategies throughout the sector. However, the highest-risk assets are regulated for security through several different regulatory programs.
The information on this page is for informational purposes and may not be exhaustive. Visit the webpages below to learn more specifics on each of the regulatory authorities.
Directs the federal government to improve operational coordination with state and local partners; improve federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernize policies, regulations, and standards; and to identify best practices.
Directs the federal government to improve the cybersecurity of federal networks, support critical infrastructure owners and operators, enhance cyber deterrence measures, and forge international coalitions.
The CFATS program identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risks associated with these chemicals.
Proposed regulation developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to direction from Congress to regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility.