CFATS Risk-Based Performance Standards Guidance

  • Date: July 29, 2010

Since each chemical facility faces different security challenges, Congress explicitly directed the Department to issue regulations "establishing risk-based performance standards for security chemical facilities." 

Performance standards are particularly appropriate in a security context because they provide individual facilities the flexibility to address their unique security challenges. Using performance standards rather than prescriptive standards also helps to increase the overall security of the sector by varying the security practices used by different chemical facilities.  Security measures that differ from facility to facility mean that each presents a new and unique problem for an adversary to solve.

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