Saturday, November 20, 2021

ChemLock and the Chemical Security Summit

The deadline for registering for the 2021 Chemical Security Seminars is fast approaching. In the past, the major focus of these seminars (and the pre-Covid annual Chemical Sector Security Summit) has been on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Voluntary chemical security measures and resources have always been addressed, but CFATS has been the focus. That will change this year.

With this week’s announcement of the ChemLock program, the voluntary chemical facility security presentations will take on an entirely new light and importance. CISA had already proposed a one-hour presentation on “Voluntary Chemical Security Programs”, by CISA’s Annie Hunziker Boyer. I suspect that by the time her talk rolls around on December 1st, the actual title of the presentation will reflect the new program name. Other presentations will also be of interest to facilities considering the new ChemLock program.

Management for chemical facilities that are considering participation in the ChemLock program need to sign up for the Chemical Security Seminars. These are free, virtual presentations to be held on the first three Wednesdays of December. The preliminary agenda for the Seminars is available here. Registration ends on November 30th, just a long holiday week away.

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