CFATS Resources

This page provides Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) information, tools, guides, and outreach materials from the DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD).

Visit the CFATS Knowledge Center for an online repository of frequently asked questions, articles, and the latest news related to the CFATS program.

Fact Sheets

CFATS and Agricultural Production Facilities Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains the time extension that may apply to agricultural facilities who are required to report their chemical holdings under CFATS.

CFATS Authorization Inspection

This fact sheet explains the inspection conducted at covered facilities to verify and validate that the content listed in the facility’s security plan is accurate and complete and that existing and planned equipment, processes, and procedures are appropriate and sufficient to meet the established DHS Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS) requirements.

CFATS Compliance Inspections Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains the inspection conducted to ensure that a facility continues to fully implement the existing and planned security measures in their security plan.

CFATS First Steps Fact Sheet

This printer-friendly fact sheet provides information on what steps a facility must follow to determine if they must comply with the CFATS program.

CFATS and the Infrastructure Protection (IP) Gateway Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains how DHS uses the IP Gateway to share certain CFATS data elements to improve coordination and information sharing with State and local governments, and community stakeholders.

CFATS Overview Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of the CFATS regulatory program.

CFATS Tiering Methodology Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the risk-tiering methodology ISCD uses to identify facilities subject to CFATS regulations.

Penalty Policy Overview Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines the policies and procedures ISCD uses to assess civil penalties for chemical facilities in violation of CFATS.

Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains the chemical data available to law enforcement, first responders, and other stakeholders to help them with planning, incident preparedness, and response efforts to chemical incidents in their communities.

Top-Regulated COI Fact Sheet

This fact sheet lists the most commonly reported COI, the main security issues, and the risks they pose.

Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS) Fact Sheets

CFATS Detect and Delay Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains the two overarching security objectives—detection and delay—which cover the first seven RBPS and address a facility’s ability to deter, detect, and delay an attack.

RBPS 8 - Cyber Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of how to prevent unauthorized on-site or remote access to critical process controls, critical business systems, and other sensitive computerized systems.

RBPS 9 - Response Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview on developing and exercising an emergency plan to mitigate and respond to security incidents in a timely manner.

RBPS 12(iv) - Screening for Terrorist Ties Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the background checks facilities are required to perform on people who have access to restricted areas or critical assets.

RBPS 15 and RBPS 16 - Reporting Significant Security Incidents Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the protocols and procedures to promptly and adequately identify, investigate, and report all significant security incidents and suspicious activities in or near the site to the appropriate facility personnel, local law enforcement, and/or DHS.

RBPS 18 - Records Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the creation, maintenance, protection, storage, and disposal of specific security related records pursuant to 6 CFR § 27.255.

Sample Records for RBPS 18

The sample records is a voluntary tool to help facilities comply with RBPS 18. If used, it can be tailored to the specific needs of your facility.

Flyers and Outreach Materials

CFATS Nitromethane Flyer

This flyer is a resource to help facilities become aware that nitromethane is a DHS chemical of interest (COI). Any individual or facility that possesses 400 lbs. (approximately 42 gallons) or more of nitromethane must report their chemical holdings to DHS.

CFATS Propane Flyer

This flyer is a resource to help facilities become aware that propane is a DHS COI. Any individual or facility that possesses 60,000 lbs. or more of propane must report their chemical holdings to DHS.

Receiving a Chemical of Interest (COI) Flyer

This flyer is a tool that may be used voluntarily by covered chemical facilities that ship, sell, or distribute chemicals to notify customers that they may need to report their chemical holdings to DHS.

Report a CFATS Violation Flyer

DHS is committed to whistleblower protection. This printer-friendly flyer provides facility personnel with information on how to report a CFATS violation.

Policy and Guidance Documents

Expedited Approval Program (EAP) Guidance

This guidance assists Tier 3 or 4 high-risk chemical facilities if they choose to develop and submit an EAP Site Security Plan.

Policy for Assessing Civil Penalties under CFATS

This is the penalty policy ISCD uses to assess civil penalties for facilities in violation of the CFATS regulation.

Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS) Guidance

This guidance explains and provides examples of the security measures and practices high-risk facilities can choose to implement in order to comply with CFATS.

Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Resources

CSAT 2.0 Personnel Surety Program (PSP) Instructions

CSAT 2.0 Portal User Manual

CSAT 2.0 Top-Screen Instructions

CSAT 2.0 Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA)/Site Security Plan (SSP) Instructions

CSAT 2.0 Survey Application User Manual

Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) Resources

CVI Authorized User Training

All personnel handling information that falls under CFATS regulation must complete this training.

CVI Cover Sheet

This cover sheet must be placed over all documents containing CVI. This document describes the handling of CVI via hand delivery, mail, email, fax, and telephone.

Safeguarding CVI Revised Procedural Manual

This manual provides guidance on how to identify, handle, and safeguard CVI.

Additional Resources

Request a CFATS Presentation

Request a Compliance Assistance Visit

Last Published Date: August 14, 2018

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