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.
BASIC NEED-TO-KNOW RESPONSIBILITIES:
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:
Any facility with above quantities of hazardous materials must maintain an active permit through Environmental Health by keeping CERS up to date and paying annual fees.
- 500 lbs of solid hazardous waste material
- 55 gal of liquid hazardous material
- 200 cu ft of compressed gas
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING SYSTEM (CERS)
All businesses handling hazardous materials are required to make annual electronic submittals through CERS to report facility information, hazardous materials inventory, site map, and emergency response and training plans. Additional information is required if the business participates in additional CUPA programs such as:
CERS login: https://cers.calepa.ca.gov/
As of January 1, 2019, Annual CERS submittals are due by March 1st of each year. Memo
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.