Chemical Sector Publications

The Chemical Sector-Specific Agency has an assortment of publications to assist chemical facility owners and operators, along with industry partners, increase the security and resilience of the Chemical Sector.

Chemical Facility Security: Best Practices Guide and Tabletop Exercise for an Active Shooter Incident

This guide draws upon best practices and findings from tabletop exercises to help chemical facilities develop and implement an effective active shooter response and recovery plan by designating roles and needed actions from both management and employees.

The cross-sector Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise (TTX) accompanies this guide and focuses on an active-shooter situation in the workplace. The TTX is broken up into three modules:

  • The pre-incident phase, including recognizing potential warning signs of workplace violence.
  • The incident and response phase, which highlights how to limit escalation and reduce the likelihood of violent behavior.
  • The assessment phase.

It also discusses how facilities can engage with their employees and public and private partners during an incident.

To request this guide and TTX, please send an email to

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. Get more information on the DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Program webpage.

Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance

Photo of an outside view of a chemical plant overlaid with binary code and a circuit board above the title, Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance 2015, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo below the title.The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Framework) in February 2014 to provide a common language that critical infrastructure organizations can use to assess and manage their cybersecurity risk. The Framework enables an organization—regardless of its sector, size, degree of risk, or cybersecurity sophistication—to apply the principles and effective practices of cyber risk management to improve the security and resilience of its critical infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), worked with the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) and Government Coordinating Council (GCC) to develop the Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance specifically for Chemical Sector owners and operators. This Implementation Guidance provides Chemical Sector organizations with:

  • Background on the Framework terminology, concepts, and benefits of its use.
  • A mapping of existing cybersecurity tools and resources used in the Chemical Sector that can support Framework implementation.
  • Detailed Framework implementation steps tailored for Chemical Sector owners and operators.

Chemical Sector Playbook

The Playbook for an Effective All-Hazards Chemical Sector Response provides a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to assist the Chemical Sector in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an all-hazards emergency. This SOP defines the respective roles and responsibilities of the Chemical SCC and the Chemical SSA as well as their interaction in support of a coordinated public-private sector response to an all-hazards emergency.

Chemical Sector Security Awareness Guide

Chemcial Sector Security Awareness Guide CoverThe Chemical Sector Security Awareness Guide helps owners and operators improve basic security awareness at their chemical facilities and provides information on the security threats of explosive devices and cyber vulnerabilities.

Chemical Sector Training Resources Guide

Chemical Sector Training Resources Guide CoverThe Chemical Sector Training Resources Guide contains a list of free or low-cost trainings, Web-based classes, seminars, and documents that are routinely available through the Department. This list helps facility security officers train their employees on:

  • Industry best practices.
  • Physical and cybersecurity awareness.
  • Emergency management and response.

"If You See Something, Say Something®" Chemical Security Brochure

“If You See Something, Say Something®" is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to State and local law enforcement. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.

Download and print the “If You See Something, Say Something®” Chemical Security brochure for your facility or store.

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security

DVD Cover of Chemical Sector ICS ResourceThe chemical industry has been working in partnership with DHS to launch the industrial control systems (ICS) security awareness campaign. The group collected a wealth of training and reference information to help owners and operators address ICS security.

These resources are available on a DVD and can be mailed to you upon request. To request this DVD, please send an email to

Materials on the DVD include:

  • Case for Action - This document illustrates the importance of taking action, with the materials provided.
  • Business Case - Through a realistic scenario developed by industry representatives, this document demonstrates the financial toll that an attack can have on a business and highlights the need for effective security. This document can help a process engineer or control systems security manager explain the cost-efficient investment in ICS security to a corporate-level budget officer or manager.
  • ICS Security Training Resource - Designed for professionals who work in areas relevant to the process control and automation industries, this document provides information on available training.
  • Standards and Guidelines - This document facilitates research on existing standards in the area of control systems security.
  • Incident Response and Reporting - This illustrates the importance of chemical companies reporting cyber incidents to the ICS-Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT) and how this can benefit the Chemical Sector.
  • ICS Procurement Language - This provides sample language to incorporate into procurement specifications.
  • Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise - This includes all materials and templates needed to conduct a tabletop exercise with minimal planning. Additional references and tools available to sector partners and stakeholders are the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET), the ICS-CERT 2010 Year in Review, and the Incident Handling brochure.

For more information on ICS security, please visit the Control Systems Security Program page.

Infrastructure Protection Sector-Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (IP-SSTEP) Chemical Sector Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Materials

The IP-SSTEP Chemical Sector TTX helps public and private critical infrastructure stakeholders and their public safety partners address gaps, threats, issues, and concerns identified in previous exercises and their after-action processes. The IP-SSTEP Chemical Sector TTX:

  • Allows participants to understand issues faced prior to, during, and after a terrorist threat or attack.
  • Discusses how to coordinate with other entities, both private and government, regarding their facilities.
  • Contains everything needed to conduct a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant TTX.

To request these materials, please send an email to

The Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Chemical Sector

This Roadmap describes a plan for voluntarily improving cybersecurity within the Chemical Sector. It brings together Chemical Sector stakeholders, government agencies, and asset owners and operators through a common set of goals and objectives.

To request this Roadmap, please send an email to

Surveillance Detection Awareness - Discussion Resources Kit

The Department's "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign raises awareness of potential indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats. This resource kit, provided on compact disc, emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to appropriate authorities and encourages every employee to be an active participant in safeguarding their workplace. This CD includes resources to support your own discussion of surveillance detection, including:

  • A recording of the 2010 Surveillance Detection Roundtable Webinar, including video scenarios with expert commentary.
  • The Surveillance Detection Awareness PowerPoint briefing outlining key points of each video scenario.
  • Video files of each scenario used in the 2010 Webinar.

To request this kit, please send an email to

Vehicle Inspection Guide and Video

The Department of Homeland Security Vehicle Inspection Guide and Video aid private and public sector partners in:

  • Mitigating risk from vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
  • Strengthening critical infrastructure protection by providing a step-by-step explanation of how to conduct a thorough vehicle inspection systematically, efficiently, and safely.

The video covers the interview of vehicle occupants and a detailed systematic vehicle inspection. It also highlights potential indicators to recognize during an inspection.

The guide covers the interview of vehicle occupants in greater detail, focusing on indicators of suspicious behavior. In addition, the guide provides vital knowledge of “hot spots” and “IED indicators” for multiple types of vehicles.

To request a copy of the video and guide, please send an email to

Last Published Date: August 22, 2018

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