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Hazardous Materials Management

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

The 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)
  • Tiered Permit Program (Health)
  • Hazardous Materials Inspection/Business Plan Program (Fire)
  • California  Accidental Risk Prevention (CalARP) Program (Health)
  • Above  Ground Storage Tank Spill Prevention Prevention (Fire)
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program/Above Ground Storage Tank (AST) Program
          - Tank monitoring/Installs and Removals (Fire)
          - Site Mitigation (Fire): 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 (Fire)

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:

                ATTN: Environmental Health Bureau Manager
                2525 Grand Ave, RM 220, Long Beach CA 90815

    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 Health Department staff will make a review appointment by telephone within 10 days. Appointments are scheduled from Monday through Thursday between 9 AM until 11 AM or 1 PM until 4 PM.
  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.

HAZARDOUS WASTE INSPECTION PROGRAM

There are currently 900 hazardous waste generator facilities in the Program. In addition, there are 50 medical facilities that handle silver waste from photo x-ray processing. This program oversees the handling, storage, and disposal of all hazardous chemical waste generated in the city of Long Beach. Inspections of these facilities are on a three-year cycle.

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

TIERED PERMIT PROGRAM 

This program oversees the onsite treatment of hazardous waste prior to disposal. Inspections are conducted on a three-year cycle.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INSPECTION/BUSINESS PLAN (HMBP) PROGRAM
There are currently 1,300 businesses in this program. The 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 HMBP annually. The HMBP may be filed electronically at:

California EPA CERS

UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK (UST) PROGRAM
The program currently has an inventory of 148 facilities with underground storage tanks 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

ABOVE GROUND PETROLEUM STORAGE TANK (AST/ASPA/SPCC) PROGRAM

There are currently 137 facilities with above ground petroleum storage tanks. Facilities subject to this program must develop a Spill Prevention Countermeasure Control (SPCC) plan. The inspection of these facilities is on a three-year cycle. 

CALIFORNIA ACCIDENTAL RISK PREVENTION (CALARP) PROGRAM
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.

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.