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CFATS prescribes a risk management approach to security


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CFATS – Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards has been enacted by Department of Homeland Security to protect infrastructure that includes production, storage and transportations of chemicals that are hazardous in nature.

Various government regulatory agencies have created classification systems for different kinds of materials. According toe the American Chemistry Council, the US chemical industry produces $755 Billion dollars in product every year. These products are categorized as

  • Basic Chemicals
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Products (e.g. cleaning agents, hair dyes etc.,)

Many of these products may not be hazardous by themselves, but when combined with others may have the potential of causing great harm. Some of the chemicals of concern are classified as:

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