Chemical Security


In 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). This regulation (6 CFR §27) directs the DHS to identify, assess, and ensure the effective security of chemicals at high-risk chemical facilities. Pursuant to this new legislation, the university is required to maintain a current chemical inventory of all hazardous chemicals listed on the DHS Appendix A – Chemicals of Interest. This list contains those chemicals that have been determined by DHS to pose a potential security risk related to their release, theft, diversion, sabotage, or contamination and/or chemicals that have been deemed critical to the national economy or governmental mission.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has created a web-based chemical inventory database, “EHS Assistant,” to aid you in the creation and management of your chemical inventory. Please note that DHS requires that any changes in inventory that exceed threshold amounts for items on the Appendix A – Chemicals of Interest list be reported to DHS within sixty (60) days of the change. In order to meet this reporting requirement, researchers must update their online chemical inventories within thirty (30) days of receipt of an Appendix A – Chemicals of Interest chemical.

Please see The Office of Environmental Health and Safety – Chemical Security or contact Crystal Shreve at (614) 688-1480 or for more information or questions regarding chemical security.