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  • Family and Food Safety First this Thanksgiving

    Eating healthy this Thanksgiving begins with basic home food safety practices that are known to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Monterey County Health Department is reminding all cooks entering the kitchen this season to follow the Fight BAC!® basics of home food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

    11/16/2017 5:35:00 PM

  • Sixth Annual Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante (ACOMI) Conference

    The sixth annual Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante (ACOMI) women’s health conference is being held Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm at Hartnell College. This free conference is specifically for Spanish-speaking immigrant women.

    11/16/2017 3:46:59 PM

  • Safe Travels Via Salinas Grant to benefit 65+ population and Elementary Schools in Salinas

    The Monterey County Health Department announced today that it has been awarded $130,000 as part of a Safe Travels Via Salinas grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. This grant will bring pedestrian safety education to the 65+ population and bike education to schools in Salinas. The yearlong grant start date was on November 13, 2017 and will benefit three elementary schools in East Salinas – Bardin Elementary, Cesar E. Chavez, and Dr. Oscar F. Loya Elementary.

    11/15/2017 3:54:00 PM

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Hazardous Materials Program

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Hazardous Materials program

State and Federal Community-Right-to-Know laws were passed in response to the 1984 chemical disaster in Bhopal, India. These laws allow the public access to information about the amounts and types of chemicals in use at local businesses and they require the businesses to plan and prepare for possible chemical emergencies. The local CUPA (Certified Unified Program Agency) which is the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau, administers this program and acts as the repository of this information.

A Hazardous Material Business Plan (HMBP) is a document containing detailed information on the:

  • Inventory of hazardous materials at a facility
  • Emergency response plans and procedures in the event of a reportable release or threatened release of a hazardous material
  • Training for all new employees and annual training, including refresher courses, for all employees in safety procedures in the event of a release or threatened release of a hazardous material.
  • A site map that contains 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.

The intent of the HMBP is to:

  • Provide basic information necessary for use by first responders to prevent or mitigate damage to the public health and safety and to the environment from a release or threatened release of a hazardous material
  • Satisfy federal and state Community Right-To-Know laws.

The State of California requires an owner or operator of a facility to complete and submit a HMBP if the facility handles a hazardous material or mixture containing a hazardous material that has a quantity at any one time during the reporting year equal to or greater than:

  • 55 gallons (liquids), 500 pounds (solids), or 200 cubic feet for a compressed gas

The State of California [Health & Saf. Code sec 25508] requires all HMBPs to be submitted electronically to the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) which can be found at - http://cers.calepa.ca.gov.

Forms and worksheets

Document Description

CUPA Downloadable Instructions

Health and Safety Code (HSC) §25504(b) requires that Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP) contain Emergency Response Plans and Procedures in the event of a reportable release or threatened release of a hazardous material. HSC §25504(c) requires that HMBPs address training of employees in safety procedures in the event of a reportable or threatened release.

CUPA Downloadable Contingency Plan

Prior to completing this Plan, please refer to the INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING A CONSOLIDATED CONTINGENCY PLAN

Site Map with Instructions

Complete This Map and Use the “Upload Document” Feature in CERS to Complete Your HMBP for Electronic Submittal

Hazardous Materials Program FAQs

A. No, not at this time. While you will need to contact the Environmental Health Bureau for a Food Handling permit, you will not need a Hazardous Materials Management permit and do not need to register or submit in CERS.

A. Many common materials that many business handle have well known properties that make them hazardous. For example, gas, diesel and paint thinner are flammable. Pesticides are toxic. The California Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, Chapter 3.2, Subchapter1, Article 5, Section 339 contains an extensive list of hazardous materials. It is often easier, however, to simply check your material’s properties using it’s SDS sheet. If it is corrosive, toxic or flammable it is probably a hazardous material. Also, if the material has special handling requirements that may make it a risk to fire fighters and emergency responders it is probably hazardous. If you are still in doubt, contact the Hazardous Materials Management Service to discuss. But remember, even if your business handles a hazardous material, you do not need a Hazardous Material Permit unless you store those materials above the threshold quantities. See “How do I know if I need a permit for my facility” for information about threshold quantities.