Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:26:44 -0500
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From: List Moderator <ecgrants**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
Subject: CSHEMA/NACUBO webcast on new DHS rules and higher education
Comments: To: SAFETY

FYI, information is available at on the upcoming CSHEMA/NACUBO webcast about compliance advice for colleges and universities on the new chemical security rules and completing the top screen. The registration cost per institution is $159 and it will air on Thursday, November 29th at 1pm ET. For those that are not able to participate on 11/29, you will be able to go to the NACUBO web site at and download it from the professional development "on-demand" section of their web site. Also, CSHEMA will be posting the sample 60 day extension request letter by the end of the week. We believe that all C&U that request the extension will receive it provided the letter is signed by a top official (President, Provost, VP of Research, etc.) Basic information on the webcast: The clock will start ticking soon. Colleges and universities that possess certain chemicals of interest—those that pose a security risk for release, theft, or sabotage—in amounts exceeding thresholds recently released by the Department of Homeland Security will need to provide detailed information to DHS by mid-January. Join campus experts for an overview of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) and practical advice on how to approach compliance. Learn what you need to know to decide: …IF your institution needs to file the online Top Screen survey …WHO should register as institutional representatives …HOW to narrow your list of chemicals to inventory …WHETHER you should request an extension …HOW to define a “facility” for reporting purposes The presenters, key members of an interassociation committee that has been interacting with DHS about CFATS over the last six months, will share ideas on the steps institutions need to take now and respond to questions from participants. Note: Universities with significant research endeavors are most likely to be covered by CFATS, but some smaller institutions with certain types of facilities (such as power plants using ammonia or agricultural operations) or unusual research may find that they exceed the reporting threshold for one or more chemicals of interest. Refer to the CSHEMA Web site at for additional information. Meet the Presenters: - Dr. Mel Bernstein, Vice President for Research, University of Maryland - Robin Izzo, Assistant Director for Laboratory Safety, Princeton University - Maureen Kotlas, (moderator), Director, Environmental Health and Safety, University of Maryland - Peter A. Reinhardt, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, Yale University

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