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Vulnerability of U.S. Chemical Facilities to Terrorist Attack

Robert B. Coulter, P.E.

Course Outline

This two-hour online course provides a basic understanding of the DOJ's prototype methodology "Method to Assess the Vulnerability of U.S. Chemical Facilities"

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Have a general understanding of the prototype methodology to assess the vulnerability of U.S.chemical facilities to adversarial or terrorist attack

About the Author

Robert B.Coulter, PE, is a provider of safety, process engineering and environmental consulting services including inhouse training on safety and environmental topics. For more information, visit his website at

Course Introduction

This course will explain the DOJ prototype methodology for assessing the risk to chemical facilities to terrorist or criminal attack. Facilities that must comply with EPA's chemical accident prevention provisions (40 CFR Part 68), OSHA's process safety management standard, or have chemicals onsite, that if released could cause harm to the public or environment, should consider doing a vulnerability assessment.

Course Content

The main course content can be found at the link below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer to view this content.

Vulnerability of U.S. Chemical Facilities to Terrorist Attack - Main Course Content

Summary and Conclusions

The DOJ vulnerability methodology can be used by a variety of facilities to determine the hazards of adversarial attack and the steps needed to reduce the risks of the attacks. The student may want to review the following links further. After reviewing the course material, the student should be ready for the test.

Related Links

The following are pertinent links for this course:

Method to Assess the Vulnerability of U.S. Chemical Facilities - DOJ

CAP - Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions - EPA Rule 40 CFR Part 68

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.