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Homeland Security

Under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have rigorous security measures in place to reduce the risks of terrorism. Our highly trained J.S. Held professionals are prepared to assist companies with these regulations through initial site assessments, evaluating existing facility operations, and the implementation of enhanced security plans.

The CFATS program’s dynamic, multi-tiered risk assessment resources are often updated with new processes to strengthen our nation’s security. Currently, chemical facilities that have a chemical of interest on their premises must submit an updated Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0, a Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) and a Site Security Plan for DHS approval. Experienced J.S. Held staff prepares and submits these assessments using the most current protocols. Based on the findings, we will subsequently develop and implement site-specific security plans for our clients.

The DHS Chemical Defense Program furthers this mission by preparing for chemical terrorism and accidents at the state and local level. This program integrates existing federal chemical defense efforts and programs, and works directly with communities to ensure officials and responders have the requisite data to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions in the immediate aftermath of a chemical event. To support these efforts, we have 24-hour responder teams that are equipped with emergency units for spills and releases of chemicals and toxic substances.

Prevention and Preparation Services

  • Development of Security Plans & Initial Site Assessment
  • Vulnerability Evaluation of Existing Equipment
  • Implementation of Procedures & Measures
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Risk Evaluation
  • Implementation of Evacuation ProceduresEmployee Training
  • Development & Coordination of Safety Drills
  • Coordination of Security Procedures with other Agencies
  • Incident Reporting & Corrective Action Plans
  • Establishment of Roles &Responsibilities for Facility
  • Identification of Response Personnel
  • Evaluation & Revision of Existing Response Plans 

24 Hour Response Teams

  • Clean-Up & Remediation
  • 24-Hour Spill & Chemical ResponseAir Quality Sampling & Investigation
  • Biological Agent Sampling
  • Water Sampling/ Remediation
  • Waste Management & Characterization
  • Trained & Certified Hazmat Teams 

Questions about this service, or any of J.S. Held’s services? Get in touch – we’re happy to help.

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