Beginning in 2013, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) required electronic reporting of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP) for all businesses that store hazardous materials above reportable quantities.
An HMBP is to be submitted to CERS annually or when there is any change within 12 months of the last submittal.
The components of an HMBP consist of at least 3 sections (or elements):
Hazardous Materials Inventory
Emergency Response Plan
*** If you have above-ground or underground tanks, there are additional elements that need to be submitted.
The Facility Information element has two pages that define the business activities and contact information at your facility. The Hazardous Material Inventory element has two pages that detail what chemicals you are storing and their location. The Emergency Response plan element is where you submit your procedures for handling a spill or leak, and for training your employees. The additional elements for tanks provide information about the tanks at your facility (if any), what they store, and how they are monitored.
Some of these requirements can be satisfied by uploading templates to make it easier. These templates and instructions are available on the links below, and are optional. Keep in mind that for the Emergency Response element, if you use the "Emergency Contingency Plan" template below, it will satisfy both the Emergency Response and Employee Training Plan requirements with one document. The Site Map template and instructions can be used to satisfy the map requirement under the Hazardous Materials Inventory element.