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Hazardous Materials Business Plan
The Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) is detailed information on the storage and use of hazardous materials at a regulated business facility. The main objective of having a HMBP is to provide site specific information for emergency responders to help them better prepare and respond to chemical-related incidents at the facility and to minimize damage to public health, safety, and the environment from released or potentially released hazardous material.
Any facility that handles hazardous materials, waste, or extremely hazardous substances at reportable quantities are required by law to provide their HMBP through the CERS program. Reportable quantities are as follows:
  • 500 lbs of solid hazardous waste material
  • 55 gal of liquid hazardous material
  • 200 cu ft of compressed gas

As of January 1, 2013 ALL unified program facilities are required to electronically submit their facility information through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).  The CERS program will allow you to provide all current information relating to the following:

  • Unified Program Facility Permit (UPFP)
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Onsite Treatment
  • Hazardous Waste Tank Closures
  • Remote Waste Consolidation
  • Recyclable Materials Reports
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Aboveground petroleum storage over 1,320 gallons (APSA/SPCC)
Please see CERS FAQS for more information on how to navigate through the online CERS system.


To ensure that HMBP requirements are met and that the facility is in compliance with State and Federal law, the Environmental Health Department conducts routine inspections at all facilities required to submit an HMBP.  These inspections also assist in identifying safety hazards that could lead to an accidental spill or release of hazardous materials and allow the Specialist to work with facility owners on how to avoid hazardous release problems.


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