Indianapolis, IN, November 15, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- The Department of Homeland Security is putting in place new regulations for facilities that manufacture, use, store, or distribute certain chemicals above a specified quantity. The list of chemicals that defines and establishes thresholds is more commonly known as: Appendix A of the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards” (CFATS). If a facility is required to be compliant with this new regulation, they must complete what is called a “Top-Screen” assessment.
DHS identified these chemicals in the specific amounts for preliminary screening based on their potential to create significant human life or health consequences. Appendix A lists approximately 300 chemicals of interest and includes common industrial chemicals such as chlorine, propane, and anhydrous ammonia, as well as specialty chemicals such as arsine and phosphorus trichloride. Facilities that possess chemicals of interest at or above the listed screening threshold quantities are required to complete the Top-Screen within 60 calendar days from the publication of Appendix A. Although DHS released Appendix A, the rule does not become effective until it is published in the Federal Register.
Their M3V software application “Chemical Management Navigator” has incorporated these specific chemicals and can greatly assist in establishing rule applicability, the ongoing monitoring of them along with all of the other chemicals at your facility. Not only will the application tell you if you have tripped the threshold for specific chemicals but it will assist you in complying with the new regulations by keeping a clean inventory of all the chemicals of interest in a secure database. This application also is able automatically generate certain SARA reports (such as 312 or 304) and VOC or HAP reports as required in air permits or NESHAP standards.
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