No question. Tier II season and reporting for environmental compliance is nerve-wracking. And the stress comes from all directions — starting with understanding regulations themselves. “Do they even apply to my facility?”
Although Tier II reporting has no magic genie in a bottle, there are some helpful resources to help you navigate the process. We zeroed in on 10 such resources and thought we’d share them, including the most important ones from the EPA plus a few of our own.
Encamp is the largest third-party filer of EPCRA Tier II reports in the country, after all, so you can say our resources stem from experience. Here are the 10 helpful resources we came up with.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Tier II Forms and Instructions
Along with the Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form itself, the instructions on how to complete the form are the goldmine on this web page. The page also has a link to the Confidential Location Information Form for Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory information (by chemical). A fact sheet for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) with new OSHA Physical and Health Hazard Classes and Tier II Reporting is equally helpful.
If you’re looking for information on EPCRA Section 313 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, use this Forms and Instructions page to click over to the EPA web page on Reporting for TRI Facilities.
State Tier II Reporting Requirements and Procedures | Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) | US EPA
This page contains links to the Tier II admin details in all 50 states. Each state’s listing also includes contact info and links to reporting portals and any Special Instructions for reporting in that state.
EPA | Resources and Guidance Documents for Compliance Assistance
The EPA’s compliance assistance program helps businesses (plus federal facilities, local governments and tribes) in their efforts to meet environmental regulatory requirements. Assistance tools and methods include online resource centers, fact sheets, guides, and training for the following compliance categories.
- Land and Cleanup
- Small Business
- Toxic Substances
Encamp’s Tier II Guide | eBook
This free Practical Guide eBook covers the who, what, why, when and how of environmental compliance and reporting in a way that’s straightforward and helpful. You know, practical. Sections are well-defined, easy to understand, and step you through the Tier II process beginning to end.
- The Details: Who Must Report, and How to Comply
- Common Problems: Mixtures, Lead-Acid Batteries, and State Requirements & Submission Portals
- Common Reporting Errors
- Latest Updates for Tier II
- Tips to Get Prepared for Next Year – 2021
The Tier II Guide was written by Megan Walters, Encamp’s Director of Compliance, who is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer® (CESCO) and an EHSMS Internal Auditor. Some of Encamp’s other compliance experts also pitched in, meaning you get the knowledge of a group that, collectively, has filed hundreds of Tier II reports.
EPCRA Applicability Flowchart | 1-page chart
Think of this flowchart as a Tier II reporting roadmap all the way to the county and city level. If EPCRA applies to your facility and its location, the flowchart helps you verify it. If it doesn’t, you can verify that, too. Use the flowchart as the prerequisite resource for our Ultimate Checklist for Tier II Reporting.
The Ultimate Checklist for Tier II Reporting | 1-page checklist
Use this checklist to track key deliverables as you complete them for Tier II reports. You also make sure you don’t overlook anything during reporting prep. And coming from Encamp’s own compliance experts — did we mention they’ve collectively filed hundreds of Tier II reports? — this checklist is thorough.
EHS Daily Advisor | industry website
The EHS Daily Advisor site is an absolute encyclopedia for Tier II and environmental compliance issues. Note especially the News section and its pages for EHS Management; Enforcement and Inspection; Regulatory Developments; and even Chemicals. If there’s an update or news for reporting and related issues, it usually lands on one of these pages.
The site’s Multimedia and Free Resources sections are also good info repositories — check out the infographics on Tier II and other reporting requirements from EHS Daily Advisor Staff — as are the staff’s archived podcasts on the Podcast page.
Environment + Energy Leader | industry website
The E + E Leader site features “news and research impacting the environment and sectors for energy and sustainability.” In the site’s Resource Hub, there are two helpful pages in particular. On the site’s EHS&S page, check out the Reporting section for news on environmental reporting, requirements, data management and EHS software. The Compliance page in the Resource Hub also includes the latest news for environment and energy policy, regulatory issues, standards, compliance, and enforcement.
EHS Today | industry website
The sections for Standards and Environment are two repositories to bookmark on the EHS Today site. The Standards page hosts the latest news and updates for EPA, OSHA, and other regulatory concerns. Likewise, the Environment page has coverage for environmental regulations, sustainability, waste management and more. Both pages also offer on-demand webinars, white papers, infographics and similar tools from contributing authors and businesses throughout the EHS industry.
Quiz: Test Your Tier II Knowledge | blog
We found this quiz in a January 2019 blog from Triumvirate Environmental, but even though it’s two years old, most of the details still apply to Tier II reporting for 2021. The quiz is eight questions, all multiple choice, and takes less than a minute to complete. While we’ve included it more or less for fun, it does tell you what you know — and don’t know — about some of the basics of Tier II reporting.
Don’t sweat the Tier II stuff
Since 2017, Encamp has worked with nearly 200 businesses to manage more than 3,000 of their facilities and track over 20,000 compliance dates. We’ve even had nearly 3,300 trees planted for each compliance report we’ve filed for our customers thus far. (Thank you to the One Tree Planted environmental charity.)
As a third-party filer of EPCRA Tier II reports, these numbers make us the largest such filer in the country.
More than that, with a modern, end-to-end compliance platform that makes Tier II reporting and environmental compliance faster, easier, and more accurate, we empower EHS professionals to focus on EHS performance — not paperwork.
And that makes us trailblazers in EHS compliance.
Visit us at www.encamp.com to read more, watch more, and start simplifying your environmental reporting.