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Hazardous Materials Management

HazMat prevents employee, public and environmental exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals. 

Routine, complaint and emergency response inspections are made in the following areas:

Long Beach Certified Unified Program Agency

The Long Beach Certified Unified Program Agency has now been in effect since July 1, 1997. This Unified Program combines both Fire Department and Health Department programs related to hazardous materials management into one Agency function in the City of Long Beach.

Department of Health and Human Services
2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 570-4131

Long Beach Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau
3205 Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2563

The CUPA Program covers the programs as listed:

  • Hazardous Waste Generator Inspection Program (Health)
  • Hazardous Materials Inspection/Business Plan Program (Fire)
  • California  Accidental Risk Prevention (CalARP) Program (Health)
  • Above  Ground Storage Tank Spill Prevetion Prevention (Health/Fire)
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program/Above Ground Storage Tank (AST) Program
          - Tank monitoring/Installs and Removals (Fire)
          - Site Mitigation (Health): Review of Soil Sampling Reports related to UST, AST, Clarifier & Hydraulic  
            Lift removals & upgrades; Site Characterization (Phase II); Site Remediation (Phase III)
  • Other soil only projects non-UST related

File Review Procedures

  1. Submit a written request or a faxed request on company letterhead. fax to (562) 570-4038 or mail to our address as listed above, Attn: Nelson Kerr,  Environmental Health Bureau Manager. The written request must show an exact address of the site that is being requested.
  2. Upon receipt of a file review request, the Health Department staff will compare the information submitted with the existing database
  3. If the file requested is available, the Heath Department staff will make a review appointment by telephone within 10 days. Appointments are scheduled from Monday through Thursday between 9AM until 11AM or 1PM until 4PM.
  4. The  requesting party needs to make arrangements to have copying service make an appointment to copy files. The Health Department no longer makes copies.
  5. If the file requested is not available in the database, the Health Department will notify the requesting party in writing.

Program Activities

There are currently 1,000 hazardous waste generator facilities in the Program. In addition, there are 165 medical facilities that handle silver waste from photo x-ray processing. Routine facility inspections are conducted on an annual basis. This program oversees the handling, storage and disposal of all hazardous chemical waste generated in the city of Long Beach.

Fact Sheets: Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC):
Hazardous Waste Transporter Requirements

Consolidated Manifesting Generator Requirements

Management of Spent Lead-Acid Batteries

Used Oil and Oil Filter Management

US EPA Identification Numbers

Hazardous Waste Transportation Variances

Universal Waste in California: Rules For Managing Some Common Wastes

Pollution Prevention Forms

For other DTSC fact sheets and hazardous waste generator policies, please visit dtsc.ca.gov

There are currently 1,300 businesses in this program. Inspection of these facilities is on a three-year cycle. All businesses subject to the HMBP program in the City of Long Beach are required to file an electronic HMBP with the Long Beach Fire Department. The business shall review, certify, and resubmit the chemical inventory annually and the entire plan every three years. The HMBP may be filed electronically at:

Long Beach's Unified Program Agency (CUPA) 
OR (Choose one website, but not both)

California EPA CERS

The Program currently has an inventory of 450 underground storage tanks and 96 above ground storage tanks. As a result of SB 989, which was effective January 1, 2000, annual inspections are now required at all UST facilities. These inspections oversee the monitoring and detection equipment and operator records. Where underground storage tanks and above ground storage tanks were removed and petroleum contamination was identified, staff from the Health Department are responsible for clean-up oversight. In addition, the Health Department is responsible for the review of Soil Sampling Reports related to the removal of clarifiers and hydraulic lifts.

Guidance Document of Soil Sampling Requirements for UST and Non-UST Related Projects

Low-Threat Underground Storage Tank Case Closure Policy

This program addresses the accidental release of extremely hazardous chemicals as listed by chemical and quantity in the California Health and Safety Code. The law requires businesses to prepare a Risk Management Plan (RMP) to identify worst case scenarios of chemical releases, and to document preventive measures and emergency response plans. Community meetings conducted by the businesses to present the contents of the plans are also required.

There are currently 96 sites identified in this program. This program requires that all facilities that have above ground storage tanks containing hazardous materials have spill prevention plans on the premises.


Medical Waste Generators

Household Hazardous Waste

Noise Control Program

Body Art Program

Additional Resources:

Contact Us: For more information on Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials Management, please call (562) 570-4131.