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CFATS Compliance

Question: Can you assist us with CFATS compliance?

Response & Analysis:

Yes. The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program (“CFATS”) is the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) risk-based regulatory program that sets the standard for security at the nation’s high-risk chemical facilities through established risk-based performance standards (“RBPS”). RBPS-12 (Personnel Surety) addresses verifying the background of certain persons with access to restricted areas and critical assets of high-risk chemical facilities—a key component of facility security. In addition to verifying and validating workers’ identities, checking their criminal histories and verifying and validating their legal authorizations to work, RBPS-12 requires the vetting of individuals for terrorist ties.

DHS has developed a Personnel Surety Program (“PSP”), under which facilities will submit personnel information for screening through the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (“CSAT”). They have also expanded the screening to incorporate other federal vetting programs—specifically, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Program—to validate personnel security information. As screening individuals for terrorist ties is an inherently governmental function, the goal of the PSP is to provide facilities with the means to comply with RPBS-12.

While the PSP continues to evolve and DHS works to finalize it, to the extent the final regulations allow it, Certiphi Screening can act as your organization’s designee to perform the screening function.

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