Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS)

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.

Department Contact


Mary Corrigan
Associate Director of Lab Safety Programs

Did You Know?

In addition to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) provided by manufacturers or accessible through the EH&S Safety Data Sheets tool, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a list of databases which contain acute and chronic health effect information for hazardous chemicals at NIOSH: Chemicals: Managing Chemical Safety in the Workplace.