Committee Spotlight on CGA Security Committee

January 4, 2023

CGA’s Security Committee is one of the 25 committees dedicated to supporting the CGA mission of providing technical and safety information through standard development.

Additionally, the Security Committee’s mission is to help protect people, property, environment, information, and reputation by enhancing security in the compressed gas industry. Although its publication library is small compared to other CGA committees, each publication provides essential information and guidance for enhancing your company’s overall security.

The Security Committee addresses security issues relevant to the compressed gas industry by interfacing with other CGA committees, relevant trade organizations, and regulatory government agencies.  During the time of a national disaster or an incident that will have a significant impact on the compressed gas industry, the Security Committee provides an informational crisis communication system (ICCS) to CGA members. The ICCS will use existing known processes, e.g., Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), etc.

Throughout the first year of the pandemic, the committee met to share security concerns and resources, and to consider possible solutions for CGA member companies that were impacted by COVID. Keeping member employees and facilities safe is an integral part of the CGA mission, and we strive to keep members informed of critical safety resources from partners that enhance the safety measures you already have in place.

The current committee leadership is Chair, Rich Mathesz, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Vice Chair, Ron Tryon, Air Liquide USA LLC. Rich has been on the committee since the early 2000’s and was the committee chair 2013-2017. Ron joined the committee in early 2021 and was encouraged by former chair, Gary Davis, to become more involved.  Rich and Ron’s combined experience and knowledge led the committee through the second year of the pandemic as member companies eased into the “new normal” and adapted where needed in response to changes that could affect security. The committee’s leadership transitions in January and CGA thanks him for his service to the committee and wishes him the best of luck in 2023!

If you want to learn more about this committee and the work it does, contact Christina Hartz