NOTE: The 15% figure is based on the assumed 107 facilities being covered under the new regulations and 16 manufacturers. The manufacturer data is taken from the CAP “Chemistry 101” pamphlet’s Appendix A and Appendix B.Any distribution or repackaging facilities on the list of 107 should be able to justify a similar cursory review of inventory control practices. Again, since their business is based on the sale of these chemicals, any mandated reduction in the volume sold would have an adverse affect on their business. Some might say that on-site production of these chemicals would reduce the volume of the TIH chemicals at the location, but distributors typically work on tight margins and would find the capital expenditure to add production capability very difficult to justify financially. The Worth of IST Where the IST language in this legislation will be most useful will be in the requirement for Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities to conduct an IST evaluation. While the large chemical companies routinely review their safety and security programs to reduce their risks, smaller chemical companies and facilities typically continue to operate the way they always have. This operational inertia is not caused by malfeasance or an evil disregard for safety, but rather a limit of resources to conduct the necessary evaluations. Adding the requirement is going to force many of these smaller facilities to go to outside contractors to conduct reasonable IST assessments. In those situations where the assessments clearly indicate an economically viable method to reduce risk, most facilities will not require a federal mandate to execute the change.
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