ATTENTION: Starting on January 1, 2013 all CUPA regulated businesses are required by law (Assembly Bill 2286) to submit business information electronically through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). This includes information related to your:
Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs) contain basic information on the location, type, quantity, and health risks of hazardous materials stored, used, or disposed of in the state. Chapter 6.95 of the Health and Safety Code establishes minimum statewide standards for Hazardous Materials Business Plans. Each business shall prepare a HMBP if that business uses, handles, or stores a hazardous material (including hazardous waste) or an extremely hazardous material in discloseable quantities greater than or equal to the following:
- 500 pounds of a solid substance
- 55 gallons of a liquid
- 200 cubic feet of compressed gas
- A hazardous compressed gas in any amount (highly toxic with a Threshold Limit Value of 10 parts per million or less)
- Extremely hazardous substances in threshold planning quantities
The Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) of the Department of Environmental Health conducts routine inspections at businesses required to submit Business Plans. The purpose of these inspections is:
- To ensure compliance with existing laws and regulations concerning HMBP requirements (Chapter 6.95).
- To identify existing safety hazards that could cause or contribute to an accidental spill or release.
- To suggest preventive measures designed to minimize the risk of a spill or release of hazardous materials.
The Plan will also serve to better prepare emergency response personnel for handling emergencies which could occur at your facility. The section below contains the necessary information for the creation of a useful Plan for your facility which will be uploaded into CERS. When completed, your Plan will become a valuable tool, aiding you and your employees to manage emergencies at your facility.
The forms associated with your Hazardous Materials Business Plan have been integrated into the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) and will need to be completed or uploaded online. Please visit our CERS information page for more details regarding electronic submissions.
We encourage you to utilize the instructions and templates to create the documents you may be asked to upload into the CERS web application. All required forms and instructions are available here.