Hazardous Waste & Materials Management

  1. Have I submitted my "Unified Facility Program Permit Application" to the Fire Department?
    • Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      Technical Section, Data Management Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1780
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3680
      Fax:  (213) 978-3615

      Unified Facility Program Permit Application:

      The application package and instructions help a business determine whether they are in compliance with six programs that control and monitor the use of hazardous substances. To streamline applicant efforts, the six programs have been consolidated into one application package.  To streamline the efforts of regulating agencies, the application is processed by one agency, the local Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).  In 1997, the Los Angeles Fire Department was certified as the City's Unified Program Agency. In addition, the application package has been standardized, so that many of the local Fire Departments use the same package.

      When the application package is completed and your hazardous waste/material activity is declared, you will know whether you need a Unified Program Facility Permit, a U.S. EPA hazardous waste generator number, a completed inventory of hazardous substances, a Business Plan, a California Accidental Release Prevention Program Plan, underground tank permits, as well as onsite reclamation, treatment, disposal or recycling activity reports or permits.  

       If outside the City limits, contact the appropriate Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) for a similar application package.  CUPAs outside the City of Los Angeles are usually the local Fire or Environmental Health Depts.   For example, listed below is the local CUPA for most businesses located outside the City of Los Angeles, but within Los Angeles County:

        Los Angeles County Fire Department
        Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD)

        5825 Rickenbacker Road
        Commerce, California 90040
        Central District:  (323) 890-4107
        West District:      (323) 890-4023
        Data Unit:          (323) 890-4000
        RMP Unit:          (323) 890-4035

  1. Am I managing my hazardous materials and waste correctly?
    • Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      Technical Section, Data Management Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1780
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3680
      Fax:  (213) 978-3615

      Hazardous Substance Inventory Inspections:

      Hazardous substances (materials and waste) inventory inspections are typically performed by the data management unit, as listed above.  At the discretion of the Chief, inspections may be conducted for the purpose of determining compliance with this division and to cause to be corrected any information which is discovered to be either different from information in the application for a Permit or HMRRP authorization or any amendment to the Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Inventory Form filed with the City, or inaccurate, concerning the handling of hazardous substances at a business site.This inspection must be performed once every three years per State law. The unit inspectors will verify that the hazardous substance inventory is correct and that the appropriate "Unified Facility Program Permit" paperwork is in order.   Depending upon the type of business, this may include information on safety training, evacuation plans, emergency contacts, site maps, etc.

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      Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
      Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety
      Underground Storage Tank Unit

      200 North Main Street, Room 1700
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (213) 978-3700
      Fax:  (213) 978-3616

      Underground Tank Inspections:

      Underground hazardous substance storage tanks are inspected by the Underground Tank Unit, with assistance from the Engineering Unit, as necessary.  This includes Division 5 permitting, installation, operation, removal, contamination assessment and clean-up, as necessary.

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      Los Angeles City Fire Department
      Industrial/Commercial Unit

      200 North Main Street, City Hall East, Rm. 970
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      Central Industrial - (213) 978-3630
      Harbor Industrial - (310) 732-4580
      Valley Industrial   - (818) 374-1110
      West Industrial     - (213) 485-6072
      High Rise              - (213) 978-3600

      Hazardous Substance Fire Safety Inspections:

      With the exception of underground storage tanks and hazardous substance inventory inspections, as described above, the City Fire Depts. industrial/commercial unit may also perform inspections to ensure hazardous substance storage and practices are in conformance with applicable fire codes and best management practices.

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      Los Angeles County Fire Department
      Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD)

      5825 Rickenbacker Road
      Commerce, California 90040
      (323) 890-4045
      http://www.lacofd.org/hhm_insp.htm

      Hazardous Waste Management Inspections:

      The Los Angeles County Fire Department, HHMD is a partnering agency with the City CUPA (LAFD Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety).   The LAFD has entered into an agreement with the L.A. County Fire Department to perform Hazardous Waste components of the Unified Program.  They verify that businesses are managing their hazardous waste in conformance with State and Federal hazardous waste management regulations.

  1. Do I meet my occupancy requirements and shall I construct a hazardous materials/waste storage room, building or area?
    • Department of Building & Safety
      City of Los Angeles

      201 North Figueroa Street, 4th Floor
      Los Angeles, California 90012
      (888) LA4-BUILD (524-2845) or (213) 482-0000
      TDD:  (888) 833-8389
      For larger projects contact:
      B&S Case Manager's Unit at (213) 482-6877

      City of Los Angeles Fire Department
      Construction Services Unit

201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 300 Los Angeles, California 90012
(213) 482-6900
(818)374-5005
Fax: (213) 482-6922
(Hours: M, T, TH & F/ 7:30 - 4:30 and W/ 9:00 - 4:30)
6262 Van Nuys
Boulevard, Suite 251
Van Nuys, California 91411
Fax: (818) 374-4314
(Hours: M, T, TH & F/ 7:30 - 4:30 and W/ 12:00 - 4:30)
 
638 South Beacon Street
San Pedro, California 90731
(310) 732-4580
Fax: (310) 732-4573
(Hours: T & TH/ 7:30 - 4:30)
1828 Sawtelle Boulevard, 2nd floor
West Los Angeles, California 90025
(310) 575-8271
Fax: (310) 575-8186
(Hours: T & TH/ 7:30 - 4:30, W/ 12:00 - 4:30, & Closed 12:00 - 1:00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Specific occupancy requirements apply to businesses that generate, store, or treat hazardous substances. Construction of associated buildings, structures and areas also have specific guidelines that must be followed. The Department of Building & Safety and the Fire Department Construction Services Unit enforce these requirements, as defined in the City of Los Angeles Building Code, the Uniform Fire Code, and local ordinances.

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