California hazardous materials regulations have their roots in the Hazardous Materials Business Plan program.
From the CalCUPA website:
“The Hazardous Materials Business Plan program was established in 1986 and is similar in scope to the Federal Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). These laws were passed in response to the chemical disaster in Bhopal India in 1984 and to other incidents that had occurred in the United States. The goal is to prevent or minimize the damage to public health and safety and the environment from a release or threatened release of hazardous materials. This is achieved by businesses providing their chemical inventories to local agencies that in turn provide that information to their emergency responders.”
If a facility has on site (for any purpose) at any one time:
- hazardous materials at or above 55 gallons for liquids;
- 500 pounds for solids;
- 200 cubic feet for compressed gases
- A hazardous compressed gas in any amount (highly toxic with a Threshold Limit Value of ≤ 10 parts per million). Complyrs does not currently offer compliance support for highly toxic compressed gas.
- Extremely hazardous substances above the threshold planning quantities (TPQs). Complyrs does not currently offer compliance support for extremely hazardous substances.
- Any quantity of hazardous waste
- There are some exemptions and special threshold conditions.
- Disclosure of business activities that are regulated by the CUPA
- Hazardous Materials Business Plan that includes:
- Safety Data Sheets for all items on the chemical inventory. (Do not post to CERS.)
- A one page version of the emergency response plan with contact numbers and the site map posted by the phone.
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