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SOCMA’s ChemStewards® Accepts DHS Tool for Security Analysis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2011

Media Contact:
Christine Sanchez
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Media
(202) 721-4182
sanchezc@socma.com

Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today that it will accept the Department of Homeland Security’s Voluntary Chemical Assessment Tool (VCAT) for meeting Security Vulnerability Analysis (SVA) requirements for ChemStewards®, the association’s performance improvement program.

VCAT is a secure, web-based application designed for use by chemical facilities that do not fall under the purview of the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The user-friendly tool allows chemical owners and operators to identify their facilities’ current risk level using an all-hazards approach, and facilitates cost-benefit analysis by allowing them to select the best combination of countermeasures and mitigation strategies to reduce overall risk.  The tool also allows users to perform “What If” scenarios by proposing new security measures while simultaneously visualizing the relative reduction of risk.

“SOCMA is constantly seeking new ways to enhance our member’s ability to work more efficiently and productively,” said ChemStewards Director, Dr. J. Holland Jordan.  “This tool goes a long way towards helping ChemStewards participants satisfy the program’s security requirements.”

“The development of VCAT is a perfect example of the private/public partnership working to address the assessment needs of the chemical sector,” said VCAT Program Manager Nohemi Zerbi.  “We are pleased that SOCMA is adopting the tool as part of its ChemStewards program and are confident it will help them improve their security posture.”

ChemStewards is an environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) management program for the batch chemical industry. It promotes improving the performance of employee safety, lowering a facility’s environmental footprint and continuously increasing the security of the facility and throughout the supply chain.
ChemStewards participants can access VCAT by e-mailing Nohemi Zerbi at chemicalsector@dhs.gov.

VCAT is managed by DHS’ Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Chemical Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) and was developed in partnership with the Infrastructure Information Collection Division.

About SOCMA
SOCMA is the only U.S. based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of more than 200 companies. For more information on our services and products, please visit
www.socma.com.

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. To learn more, visit
www.chemstewards.com.
 


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What Members Are Saying…

“Right off the bat, SOCMA’s ChemStewards provides you with a template that shows you good practices that should be implemented across-the-board.  And the dialogue with other members and SOCMA staff is very valuable.  You would have to pay a lot of money to bring in that kind of expertise, but with SOCMA, it’s all a benefit of membership.”

Dave Hurder
Vice President
McGean Inc.