Businesses

 

For general assistance using CERS or a local Unified Program Agency (UPA) reporting portal, or for questions regarding what facility data should be reported, contact the local Unified Program Agency. Contact information for each Unified Program Agency is available in the Unified Program Regulator Directory.

Multi-Facility AND Multi-Jurisdictional Businesses

To set up a business organization in CERS with facilities in more than one UPA jurisdiction, one corporate identity can be created to consolidate management of all facilities by one or more authorized users. To establish a multi-facility business and consolidate any existing CERS facilities under the business, please review the CERS Organization Request and provide the required information to CERS Technical Support at cers@calepa.ca.gov. The email request should be followed with a copy of the same letter mailed to: CalEPA Unified Program, CERS Organization Request, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812.

Should a Business use CERS or a local CUPA portal to electronically report required Unified Program information?

    • Businesses whose facilities are ALL within a single CUPA jurisdiction may use a local CUPA portal,
      which may have additional features or services for businesses that are not offered in CERS. CUPAs
      will notify businesses in their jurisdiction if there is a local portal available for use.
    • Businesses with facilities in multiple CUPA jurisdictions may prefer to use CERS as the single
      reporting site for all facilities.
    • CUPAs cannot require any business to use a local portal to report required Unified Program information.
    • Electronically reporting required Unified Program information to CERS and a local CUPA portal is
      prohibited.
    • Whether a business uses CERS or a local CUPA portal, information reported electronically is
      automatically exchanged between CalEPA and the CUPA, making it available to both agencies,
      without duplication.

CERS Business Users Group (CBUG)

    • As of April, 2016, CBUG has adjourned its activities. CBUG was created in 2010-2011 with the
      mission to provide feedback to CalEPA on the evaluation and use of the CERS Business Portal by
      more than 300 business users, representing single owner operated “Mom & Pop” businesses,
      consultants, and global corporations.
    • CBUG’s involvement in the CERS 3.0 workgroup and development of recommended enhancements
      revealed that the primary areas needing further improvement are in the CERS regulatory and
      business portals. Current, business concerns are principally geared towards consistent
      implementation of the State’s Unified Program throughout the state in regards to administrative
      requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement matters, all of which are considered to be
      outside the scope of CBUG’s mission.

CERS Hazardous Material Inventory (Upload Template)

    • Upload a facility inventory by choosing the appropriate inventory spreadsheet.
    • Uploaded inventory spreadsheets must match the columns and format as shown in the upload template. CERS only supports MS Excel version 2007 and above (format.xlsx extension).
    • CalEPA does not recommend more than 500 materials per upload (which can take 60-100 seconds to
      upload/process). Larger inventories can be either.
      1) Divided into separate spreadsheets and uploaded using the “Append to Existing Inventory” option, or
      2) Uploaded for deferred processing as a single large inventory file (or a single upload file with
      inventories for multiple facilities) using the upload template.
    • To download facility inventory entries already existing in CERS, use the Hazardous Material Inventory upload template functionality. Facility inventories can be edited and re-uploaded using the upload
      template.
    • As of April, 2016, CBUG has its mission and its activities. CBUG was created in 2010-2011 with the mission to provide feedback to CalEPA on the evaluation and use of the CERS Business Portal by. More than 300 business users, represent single owner operated “Mom & Pop” businesses, consultants, and global corporations.
    • CERS 3.0 workgroups and development of recommended enhancements revealed that the primary areas needing further improvement are in the CERS regulatory and business portals. Current, business concerns are principally geared towards consistent implementation of the Unified Program throughout the state in regards to administrative requirements, permits, inspections, and enforcement matters, all of which are considered to be outside the scope of CBUG’s mission.

Consolidated Emergency Response/Contingency Plan

The Consolidated Emergency Response/Contingency Plan is designed to consolidate emergency response and contingency plan requirements for hazardous materials handlers and hazardous waste generator facilities. Use of this Consolidated Emergency Response/Contingency Plan is not mandatory. Note: “Section I. Employee Training” may not suffice all training plan requirements in some CUPA jurisdictions and additional information may be required.