Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to prevent the intentional misuse of specific Chemicals of Interest (COI) through theft, sabotage, or attack.
CFATS requires laboratories and some non-laboratory facilities to estimate the types and quantities of chemicals contained within the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemicals of Interest (COI) list. Please note the COI list varies for laboratories and non-laboratories. A Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Top-Screen questionnaire is required to be submitted to the DHS if these COIs exceed their specific screening threshold quantities within each facility (school or building). In addition to reporting, some such facilities will be required to develop site security plans, implement trainings, and maintain comprehensive records.
“CFATS Chemicals of Interest for Laboratories” is a good reference document to identify Chemicals of Interest in your laboratory’s chemical inventory. If you have questions about your Harvard lab or facility or the permissible thresholds of Chemicals of Interest, please contact EH&S.
Associate Director of Lab Safety Programs