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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Fact Sheet for Colleges and Universities

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Fact Sheet for Colleges and Universities. The document reiterates that colleges and universities are subject to CFATS regulations and Top-Screen reporting requirements. It also describes the locations at colleges and universities where Chemicals of Interest (COIs) are often located, including:
  • Chemistry Labs;
  • Research Facilities;
  • Pool Complexes;
  • Agricultural Facilities; and
  • Medical Programs.  
The Fact Sheet also lists some considerations specific to colleges and universities, including implementing appropriate security measures only at each building or location where COIs are stored and handled. Consistent with DHS’ recent focus on enforcement, the document also describes DHS’ authority to issue Orders and assess civil penalties of $33,333 per day per violation and/or requiring a facility to cease operations.