Thursday, September 16, 2021

Review - OCS Improves Personnel Surety Program – 9-16-21

Today the CISA Office of Chemical Security (OCS) published a news item on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Knowledge Center announcing that they had made enhancements to the Personnel Surety Program application within the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). They provided a link to a brief description of those enhancements and an updated PSP Instruction Manual.

As with any time that a regulatory organization changes reference documents, covered facilities need to download the new manual, even if they are ‘done’ with their initial data submission under the PSP. Old versions should be maintained to allow facilities to explain or justify what they had done before the newer manual was published.

There does not seem to be anything in this new manual that is going to require a facility to make any changes to their facility site security plan. But, if it looks like changes could be required by the new document, facilities should contact their chemical security inspector for clarification. Questions could also be submitted to the CFATS Help Desk (1-866-323-2957), but the CSI would probably be able to provide a quicker answer.

For more details on the new information, including a look at some of the changes made in the PSP manual, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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