DHS Chemicals of Interest Information

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the final rule of its “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard” (CFATS) on November 20, 2007.  The purpose of the Standard is to determine where certain chemicals of interest (COI) exist and whether additional security measures are required.

Significant efforts were made during the rule-making process to exempt colleges and universities from the reporting process, but these efforts were not successful. However, the final rule does include modifications that limit the impact on many colleges and universities, all of which are subject to CFATS.

As a result of the ruling, any institution that possesses, or expects to possess chemicals listed in the ruling in excess of its listed thresholds, must submit a detailed survey to the DHS, and may be subject to performing a security vulnerability assessment and implementing a security plan. Environmental Health and Safety has taken the lead on identifying chemicals of interest (COI) at Boston University.

In January, 2008, EHS distributed a survey of approximately 90 COI that have low reporting thresholds or are otherwise likely to be present at Boston University in excess of the reporting threshold.  Laboratory Supervisors/Principal Investigators (PIs) should inform EHS immediately if they plan to use any the chemicals on the survey list (Word).