Ohio Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Emergency planning and response: Ohio Revised Code Annotated (ORCA) 3750.01 to 3750.99, and regulations at Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3750-1 to 3750-30

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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

Emergency planning: OAC 3750-20-01 to 3750-20-05

Material safety data sheet (MSDS) reporting: OAC 3750-30-15

Emergency response lock box: ORCA 3750.10 and OAC 3750-75-2 to 3750-75-10

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA):

Notification: OAC 3745-65-56

Inspections: OAC 3745-65-33

Regulatory Agencies

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)

Ohio Department of Commerce Division of the State Fire Marshal

Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Labor and Worker Safety Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region 5

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Ohio generally follows the federal emergency planning and response requirements under EPCRA with additional reporting requirements. Notification that a facility is storing extremely hazardous substances on-site and is subject to emergency planning requirements must be made to SERC and LEPC. See the national section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE for an overview of emergency requirements under EPCRA and other federal laws. Releases of known or suspected hazardous substances must be reported immediately, and a written follow-up notification must be submitted. For details, see the state section RELEASE ...

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