Purpose of Tier II Reports
Tier II reports must be submitted by March 1st to your State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department(s). Each violation of EPCRA Section 312 may result in civil penalties of up to $25,000.
The purpose of this form is to provide State, local officials, and the public with specific information on potential hazards. This includes the locations, as well as the amount, of hazardous chemicals present at your facility during the previous calendar year.
It is important to take the time to carefully review your facility to determine the quantity of chemicals stored onsite and understand if these quantities require reporting via the annual Tier II report.
The EPA has made significant changes to the Tier II reporting requirements that include revisions to reporting that adopt the new GHS classification and labeling of chemicals, as well as significant revisions to the description of Physical and Health Hazard classes based on OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Click here to read instructions and check the updated forms.
What to prepare before submitting the report
In order to properly prepare the Tier II report, several key elements need to be reviewed including:
– Tier II reporting thresholds, including those for extremely hazardous and other hazardous substances
– A comprehensive overview of what should be included in your Tier II report.
Minimum thresholds have been established for Tier II reporting in 40 CFR part 370. These thresholds are as follows:
For Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) designated under EPCRA Section 302, the reporting threshold is 500 pounds (or 227 kg.) or the threshold planning quantity (TPQ), whichever is lower. A downloadable version of the EHS TPQs can be found here.
The reporting threshold for all other hazardous materials substances is 10,000 pounds (or 4,540 kg).
Chemical Safety’s EMS Software
Chemical Safety’s EMS software is designed to calculate and report only those chemicals that meet the reporting thresholds as required. EMS includes all threshold point for hazardous and extremely hazardous chemicals. The Tier II report is then compiled in a Federally approved reporting format that can be submitted after it has been reviewed for accuracy.
EMS also provides numerous reports that can be used to cross-reference and validate the information being reported in the Tier II regulatory report.
Although the reporting deadline is near, we can import your chemical inventory data into EMS with preformatted templates that make the import quick and efficient, and you can then use EMS to generate the report. This can happen in a matter of only a few days, and we work with all our clients to help complete this process seamlessly.