In an effort to better safeguard America's chemical plants, some workers will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued an interim final rule, which requires employers to conduct background checks of current and future employees and contractors that have unescorted access of the facilities.
The rule, which is scheduled to take effect on June 8, 2007, also requires chemical plants to prepare "Security Vulnerability Assessments" for potential terrorist threats. Additionally, DHS sets forth employer recordkeeping requirements, as well as inspections and audit procedures. To access a copy of the DHS April 9 rule, please click here.