CFATS Program Basics

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If you have submitted a CSAT SSP, it is highly recommended to resubmit an ASP prior to or at the point of your authorization inspection. The industry and DHS has come to realize that ASPs are the only way to comply with the site Security plan requirement. BPS just completed our 7th chemical security summit and the overwhelming consensus was ASP beats CSAT SSP.

BPS has submitted more than 100 ASPs on behalf of our clients and can help get you on the right track, particularly if you have multiple regulatory requirements (e.g. DOT, FSMA) and have multiple security plan requirements. All BPS ASPs have been approved by DHS at the first submittal.

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Chemical Security

Not new to CFATS? Already completed your Top Screen?

Keep reading to see how BPS can help you navigate the waters of submitting your Site Security Plan or Alternative Security Program and the benefits of each. We explain more of the CFATS approval process and have provided an opportunity for you to select a free whitepaper download discussing these options.

Notified of an Inspection visit by DHS?

BPS can help you prepare for a successful inspection visit, moving you closer to receipt of final authorization. Do not wait, you must start preparing today.

Homeland SecurityThe Department of Homeland Security has issued several regulations to attempt to keep Chemicals of Interest (COI) properly protected against security threats. The importance of compliance under this regulation is certainly multifaceted and one aspect was unfortunately illustrated to the World in 2013 when the fertilizer plant in West, Texas experienced a fire, setting off the explosive capabilities of its components and killing several people in the process. Most of those killed were first responders who rushed towards the fire, likely not knowing the quantities and capabilities of the chemicals within. If your company believes you have a COI or you have been notified by DHS that you fall under the requirements of CFATS, it is in your best interest to ensure compliance under these regulations. In some cases you may be able to change your processes to become de-regulated, however you want to be sure you follow the correct process to do so.

View "CFATS Quarterly”, Homeland Security, 2018

Below is a general flow chart of the CFATS facility approval process.


BPS is capable of taking your facility from initial notification and top screen all the way through to final approval under the regulation. BPS and teaming partner, Sage Environmental, Inc. will provide the initial consultation and top screen, if necessary. From there, the team of CVI-Certified BPS experts will assist your facility all the way through the compliance process.

View BPS CFATS article in Tank Storage View BPS CFATS article in Chemical Processing

Timing is important in this compliance process.
If you have received a notification from DHS, do not hesitate, call BPS today at (800) 560-2199 ext. 807 to talk to a CVI-Certified representative to discuss your next steps.