CFATS, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirement, was authorized by Congress in 2007, and signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014. The law centers around the Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014, which was designed to protect and secure chemical facilities from the threat of terrorist strikes.
Here’s what chemical facilities should know about CFATS requirements:
- Facilities required to comply with at least some provisions of the CFATS regulation are: chemical manufacturing, storage and distribution; energy and utilities; agriculture and food; paints and coatings; explosives; mining; electronics; plastics; and healthcare.
- TWIC cards are another DHS-issued security credential approved to cover this requirement.
- DHS requires CFATS-regulated facilities to conduct a background check that includes the following four measures:
- Measures designed to verify and validate identity
- Measures designed to check criminal history
- Measures designed to verify and validate legal authorization to work
- Measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties (a check of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). This is a governmental function and is not available to DISA.
For more information, contact a DISA representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.