The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified the business of chemistry as a vital asset to the nation. LCA member companies have invested tens of millions of dollars to upgrade security at sites throughout the state. LCA and its members are strong advocates for regulatory programs put in place by DHS, the Transportation Security Administration, the United State Coast Guard and other state and local agencies that set a high standard for chemical security. Regulatory programs like the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) allow facilities to tailor their security plans to meet their unique needs while providing DHS with clear authority to fine or shutdown facilities that do not meet the program’s comprehensive security standards.
Examples of LCA member companies enhanced security include, but are certainly not limited to, enhanced background checks of all employees, chain-link fences topped with triple layers of barbed wire, microwave-beam alarm systems, high-definition surveillance cameras that can pan, zoom and tilt, armed guards on patrol 24-7, secured perimeters, and vehicle barriers, just to name a few.
In addition to facility security, there have also been significant investments in cyber security, maritime security, new rail, pipeline, and supply chain security.
It is important to note that industry alone can’t secure this vital sector of the American manufacturing economy. That’s where partnerships come into play. LCA and its members have strong relationships with law enforcement including the Louisiana State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, DHS, and the United States Coast Guard. All of these agencies play a vital role in securing the homeland, protecting critical infrastructure, sharing information to detect, deter and disrupt terrorist and criminal planning in order to keeping the plants, products and most importantly, the people who work and live in communities where we operate, safe and secure.