Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program Overview
The Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) aims to prevent or minimize harm to public health and safety and the environment from a release or threatened release of a hazardous material. This is accomplished by providing emergency responders with the necessary information to effectively protect the public.
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) oversees the implementation of the HMBP program at the state level. Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs), and Participating Agencies (PAs), implement the program at the local level and are responsible for enforcement and administration in their respective jurisdictions.
What is a Hazardous Materials Business Plan?
A HMBP contains detailed information that includes the following:
- An inventory of hazardous materials at a facility.
- Emergency response plans and procedures to be followed in the event of a reportable release or threatened release of a hazardous material.
- Requirements to train employees in safety procedures in the event of a release or threatened release of a hazardous material, including onboarding for new employees and annual refresher courses for existing employees.
- A site map that depicts north orientation, loading areas, internal roads, adjacent streets, storm and sewer drains, access and exit points, emergency shutoffs, evacuation staging areas, hazardous material handling and storage areas, and emergency response equipment.
For more information, see the HMBP Resources page.
HMBP Annual Certification
As of September 18, 2020, business owners/operators may easily certify HMBP information in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) as complete, accurate and, if applicable, meeting EPCRA reporting requirements.
For further information and guidance, please reference:
- CalEPA’s CERS Portal Help document (pdf).
- Hazardous Materials Business Plan Annual Certification Training Presentation (AB1429) (pdf)
- Hazardous Materials Business Plan Annual Certification (AB1429) Training, January 2021 (pdf)
California State Law: California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.95, Article 1, Sections 25500 to 25519
California State Regulations: California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4, Sections 2650 to 2660
If you have any questions regarding the HMBP program, please contact the program at HMBP@calepa.ca.gov.