Adhesives & Sealants Headlines / News / Green Products/Applications

SOCMA Testifies on CFATS Implementation Improvements

March 19, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

In recent testimony before Congress, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) commended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for improving its implementation of the nation’s chemical security regulatory program, while urging the agency to show more flexibility in setting deadlines for small and medium-sized chemical companies. Bill Allmond, SOCMA’s vice president of Government and Public Relations, told members of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy that SOCMA members regard the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) as a success. He said CFATS is helping facilities reduce risk, explaining that nearly 3,000 have already reduced their risk profile sufficiently enough that they no longer warrant regulation under the program.

“CFATS is driving facilities to reduce inherent hazards, where in their expert judgment doing so is in fact safer, does not transfer risk to some other point in the supply chain, and makes economic sense,” he said.

Allmond also spoke positively about the level of communication between DHS inspectors and SOCMA member facilities. He said facilities report that inspectors are generally reasonable during onsite inspections. However, Allmond was critical of the amount of time and resources SOCMA members must invest in adjusting site security plans following an inspection under very short deadlines, while making it clear that DHS’s request for additional information is an expected part of the process.

“Our members have encountered, so far, an unwillingness to reasonably extend deadlines or provide additional time for facility response,” Allmond said. “Under a 30-day deadline, facilities are having to pull two or three workers for two or three days each—a total of more than 70 man hours—from their productive jobs to ensure they meet the deadline.”

For additional information, visit www.socma.com.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!

Podcasts

ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI October 2014 cover

2014 October

You won't want to miss our October issue: industry trends from the ASC, converting and packaging, testing, a preview of The Assembly Show, and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Shareholders

Should shareholders have a say in how the money they've invested in a corporation is spent on politics - or if it is spent on politics at all?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ADHESIVES STORE

handbook-sealant-tech.gif
Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.