CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is one of five state organizations involved in overseeing the Unified Program. California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection established the unified hazardous materials and hazardous waste regulatory program as required by Chapter 6.11 of the California Health and Safety Code.
The local Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) is required to consolidate, coordinate, and make consistent the administrative requirements, permits, fee structures, and inspection and enforcement activities for these six program elements within its jurisdiction. Most CUPAs have been established as a function of a local environmental health or fire department. The Unified Program is implemented at the local level by government agencies certified by the Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).
The state agency partners involved in the Unified Program have the responsibility of setting program element standards, working with CalEPA on ensuring program consistency and providing technical assistance to the Unified Program Agencies. The OSFM is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the California Fire Code HMMP/HMIS and the APSA program elements. The HMMP/HMIS program ties in closely with the HMRRP (Business Plan) program
The Unified Program consolidates the administration, permits, inspections, and enforcement activities of the following six programs:
California law requires that the Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) periodically review the ability of each Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) to carry out the requirements of the Unified Program. The goal is to assess whether the CUPA is effectively implementing all of the program elements and is continually improving to meet the intent of the law: coordination, consolidation, and consistency of all Unified Program elements. CalEPA annually assesses each of the CUPAs through a review of specific reports to determine those that will have a more in-depth evaluation by a team of staff from each state agency with Unified Program responsibilities. The evaluation process is defined in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations and expanded in a variety of guidance documents. The evaluation schedule and results are found on CalEPA's website. CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) participates in the CUPA evaluation process to ensure that the CUPA is implementing the California Fire Code Hazardous Materials Management Plan/Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMMP/HMIS) and the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) program elements for all regulated businesses as specified in state laws and regulations. The following checklist is used by the OSFM evaluator in assessing a CUPA’s implementation of the California Fire Code HMMP/HMIS and APSA programs:
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