The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are intended to prevent the intentional misuse of certain chemicals by sabotage, theft, diversion or direct attack. DHS has authority to inspect facilities to enforce compliance with CFATS. DHS can impose civil penalties up to $25,000 per day and has authority to shut down facilities that fail to comply with the regulations. Appendix A of the CFATS lists chemicals of interest (COI) and their corresponding screening threshold quantities. Facilities that possess a COI at or above the screening threshold quantity must report the information to DHS within 60 calendar days of coming into possession of the COI. This report is known as a Top-Screen. The OSU Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will submit a Top-Screen to DHS for each facility at OSU that has COI above the screening threshold quantity in accordance with CFATS. EHS will submit information to DHS based upon the chemical inventories in the EHS Assistant Web Based Chemical Inventory System. For this reason, it is important that all OSU faculty and staff submit and maintain up-to-date chemical inventories in the EHS Assistant Web Based Chemical Inventory System.
Questions about CFATS compliance should be directed to John Sharpe at (614) 292-0619 or email@example.com.
If you need to set up an EHS Assistant user account, please contact EHS at (614) 292-1284.