U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are aimed to prevent potential misuse of certain chemicals. The rule’s broad definition of “chemical facility” makes colleges and universities subject to its requirements. To minimize the theft and improper use of hazardous chemicals including toxic and corrosive substances the following actions should be taken:
Inventories must be maintained for all hazardous chemicals.
- As specified in the Chemical Hygiene Plan each laboratory working with chemicals is now required to have an inventory of these chemicals.
- Although not mandated by the Institute, an online chemical inventory application, is provided by the EHS Office at no charge to all MIT users. If you are interested in learning more about EHS Assistant please contact the EHS Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-452-3477).
- Access to all hazardous chemicals, including toxic and corrosive substances, should be restricted. Specifically, these materials should be stored in laboratories or storerooms that are kept locked when laboratory personnel are not present.
- Keep unusually toxic or hazardous materials such as substances with a high degree of acute and/or chronic toxicity, explosives and certain highly reactive and/or corrosive substances in locked storage cabinets or storerooms.
- Restrict access to the laboratory to authorized personnel only.