Department of Homeland Security
Protect Your Cosmetic Manufacturing Chemicals From Use In a Terrorist Attack
Friday, October 11, 2019
by: Department of Homeland Security

Section: Articles

The U.S. Department of Anti-Terrorism Standards reached out to ICMAD to help raise awareness of the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program within our industry.
Certain chemicals used in the manufacture of cosmetic products (at particular quantities and concentrations) require the facility to submit an online Top-Screen survey to DHS. The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation applies to facilities across many industries that possess or plan to possess any of the DHS-regulated chemicals of interest (COI) at or above specific quantities and concentrations. These facilities must report their holdings to DHS. The program aims to ensure proper security measures are in place to reduce the risk of theft, diversion, etc of these chemicals for use in a terrorist attack.
Examples of chemicals that have been reported to DHS from cosmetics industry submissions (but are not limited to):
  • Aluminum (powder)
  • Ammonia
  • Butane
  • Difluoroethane
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Isobutane
  • Methyl Ether
  • Nitric Acid
  • Potassium Nitrate
  • Propane
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • Triethanolamine

The following Cosmetics Industry fact sheet is available from DHS: