Dr. David L. Grisenti
Chemical Security Inspector
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dr. David L. Grisenti is a Chemical Security Inspector for the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the division within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for chemical facility security regulations.
In this capacity, Dr. Grisenti serves as a technical authority on the Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation, and conducts inspections on chemical facilities DHS has deemed as “high-risk”. These facilities possess hazardous chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack. High-risk facilities are required to meet and maintain performance-based security standards appropriate to the facilities and the risks they pose. DHS chemical security inspectors work in all 50 states to help ensure facilities have security measures in place to meet CFATS requirements. Dr. Grisenti is responsible for inspections, outreach, and compliance assistance visits as part of a team based in Region VIII, which consists of the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Additionally, he works cooperatively across Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies in developing public and private chemical security awareness and security planning and response as related to CFATS.
Dr. Grisenti’s experience includes previous work performing post doctoral chemistry research at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Prior to his education, he served as an ammunition supply technician in the United States Marine Corps.
Dr. Grisenti has a B.S. in Chemistry, Minor in Physics from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO), a M.S. Inorganic Chemistry from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) and a PhD. in Chemistry from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) where his research focus was in physical inorganic chemistry.
FLASH POSTER PRESENTER - Emerging Contaminants: Tick Tock
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
Chemicals are an essential component of modern life. They are vital to industry as well as our water and sewer systems, and facilities use and store chemicals in communities across the nation. In the wrong hands, however, some chemicals can be used to cause great harm. Responsibility for keeping these chemicals out of the hands of terrorists is shared among federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector. This presentation will address how the Department of Homeland Security identifies the chemical holdings at highest risk of terrorist attack or exploitation, how facilities comply with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulation, the role of Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, and resources available to the public.