In order to protect public health and safety, as well as the environment, the Business Plan Program regulates the storage and handling of hazardous materials through education, facility inspections and enforcement of State law. Facilities residing in the incorporated cities of Corona and Riverside should direct questions regarding this program to their local fire department. The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health is the overseeing agency for facilities located in all other areas of the county.
A major requirement of the Hazardous Materials Disclosure program is the creation and maintenance of a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP). The information from the HMBP is made available to first responders in the county for emergency response activities. All handlers are required to disclose their inventory of hazardous materials in the form of a HMBP. The chemical inventory and HMBP must now be reported electronically. Please use the link to the left to submit your HMBP electronically.
Generally speaking, a Hazardous Materials Handler is identified as any facility storing hazardous materials and or wastes in quantities greater than or equal to:
- 55 gallons of a liquid substance
- 500 pounds of a solid substance
- 200 cubic feet of compressed gas
Please note that for acutely or extremely hazardous materials, these amounts are less.
Assembly Bill (AB) 2286 became effective January 1, 2013 and required all facilities with regulated hazardous materials to use the internet to file required Unified Program information in the statewide information management system. The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) is the only approved method for submitting required information to the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health and to each of its Participating Agencies; the cities of Corona and Riverside.
Training materials and instructions for completing a business plan can be found on the left side of this page. It is strongly recommended that you review the training documentation before you begin the process of inputting a plan. If you have further questions after reviewing our support documentation then please contact our electronic reporting specialists by phone at (951) 358-5055 or by email.
The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) is a statewide reporting system for the reporting of Hazardous Materials Business Plans. Please only report your Hazardous Materials Business Plan in CERS. The County reporting portal has been decommissioned. Your data was transferred to CERS if you had a previously accepted submission in the portal.
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The Hazardous Materials Business Plan program is implemented by the City of Riverside Fire Department for all facilities located within the incorporated limits of the City of Riverside. The City of Corona Fire Department implements the Hazardous Materials Business Plan program within the incorporated limits of the city of Corona. Please contact the appropriate city fire agency if your facility is located within the aforementioned city limits.
As of January 1, 2018, all California regulated businesses must use the new Federal Hazard Categories to prepare the Hazardous Materials Inventory submittal in CERS, and must complete the submittal by December 31st or their annual submission deadline - whichever is first.
Further information is available online:
Toxic Release Inventory Program
Certain facilities may be regulated under the US EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program in addition to being regulated under the Riverside County Disclosure program. A listing of chemicals covered by the TRI program can be found here and generally include those substances which can cause cancer or chronic human health effects, can cause adverse acute human health effects, or can cause significant adverse environmental effects.
TRI tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. U.S. facilities in different industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment.
From the US Environmental Protection Agency
Is your facility required to report to the Toxics Release Inventory?
Facilities must report annually by July 1st if they:
- Are in covered industrial sectors,
- Have 10 or more full time employees, and
- Manufacture, process, or otherwise use listed toxic chemicals above activity thresholds.