EPA Risk Management Plans

2013-09-24 chemical tanks 2Facilities that have more than the regulatory threshold level of listed toxic chemicals or more than 10,000 pounds of flammable substance are typically subject to Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements.  The chemical must be in a process; some ancillary activities are exempt.  Complete lists of regulated chemicals and threshold levels are provided here.

The RMP is required to include:

  • A hazard assessment that details the potential effects of an accidental release, an accident history of the last five years, and an evaluation of worst-case and alternative accidental releases scenarios;
  • A prevention program that includes safety precautions and maintenance, monitoring, and employee training measures; and
  • An emergency response program that spells out emergency health care, employee training measures and procedures for informing the public and response agencies (e.g., the fire department) should an accident occur.

RMPs are typically submitted electronically to the Environmental Protection Agency and updated every five years.  The complete regulation is provided here.

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