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Hazardous Materials Business Plan
The Hazardous Materials Release Response Plan Program requires any business that handles more than a threshold quantity of a hazardous material to develop a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP). The threshold in Oakland is 30 gallons, 500 pounds or 220 cubic feet of gas. Extremely Hazardous Substances as listed in 40 CFR, Part 355, Appendix A are reported at the California threshold or the Federal Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) depending on whichever is lower.
Businesses that handle a hazardous material(s) above the threshold amounts are required to develop and submit a HMBP to the Oakland Fire Department.
Blank forms are available the OFD Forms Section or at www.unidocs.org
Components of an HMBP
- Facility Information: Standard facility information including storage and permit summary, site information, EPA ID number (if facility is a Hazardous Waste Generator), management/ownership personnel , and emergency contact numbers.
- Inventory of Hazardous Materials: Each hazardous material present must have an inventory sheet, including all compressed gases. Each material requires a separate inventory sheet (note: waste and new products require separate sheets, i.e. oil and waste oil). Businesses submitting California inventory forms will also be in compliance with the Federal Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-know Act.
- Facility Map: A scaled facility map with emergency response information, utility shut-offs, and hazardous storage is required. Maps are kept confidential and are for emergency response purposes .
- Emergency Response Plans and Procedures: Emergency plans and procedures are required to address a release or threatened release of hazardous materials. The response plan and procedures should be scaled appropriately for the size and nature of the business, the type of materials handled and the proximity to residential areas.
- Training: A training program should be reasonable and appropriate for the size of the business and the nature of the hazardous materials used. All employees that handle hazardous materials must be trained regularly with records kept.
- Release Reporting: All releases or threatened releases must be reported at a minimum to the State Office of Emergency Services and the Oakland Fire Department. Guidelines and reporting requirements can be found on the OES web page.
- Underground Storage Tanks (If Present)
- Hazardous Waste Treatment / Tiered Permitting (If Required)