No question. EPCRA 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?”
Unfortunately, there’s no magic genie in a bottle for EPCRA Tier II reporting. But some helpful resources can help you navigate the process. We zeroed in on 10 such resources, including several important ones from the EPA. We’ve also listed 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) | EPCRA Tier II Forms and Instructions
Start with the EPCRA Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form itself. Then see the instructions on how to complete the form. They’re the goldmine on this web page. The page also links 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) is equally helpful. (Note the fact sheet’s OSHA Physical and Health Hazard Classes and Tier II Reporting.)
For information on EPCRA Section 313 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, use this Forms and Instructions page to access the EPA’s page on Reporting for TRI Facilities.
State Tier II Reporting Requirements and Procedures | Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) | US EPA
EPA | Resources and Guidance Documents for Compliance Assistance
The EPA’s compliance assistance program helps businesses in their efforts to meet environmental regulatory requirements. (The program is also for federal facilities, local governments and tribes.) Assistance tools and methods include online resource centers, fact sheets, and guides. Training for the following compliance categories is additionally available.
- 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. And it does so in a way that’s straightforward and helpful. You know, practical. Sections are both well-defined and easy to understand. Better, this guide steps you through the EPCRA 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 VP of Compliance and Customer Success. Megan is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer® (CESCO). She’s also an EHSMS Internal Auditor. Some of Encamp’s other compliance experts also pitched in. Collectively, you get the knowledge of a group that has filed hundreds of Tier II reports.
EPCRA Applicability Flowchart | 1-page chart
Think of this flowchart as an EPCRA Tier II reporting roadmap. By state, it even takes you 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 Encamp’s 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 EPCRA 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 EPCRA 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 EPCRA Tier II and other reporting requirements from EHS Daily Advisor Staff. The staff’s archived podcasts on the Podcast page are also worth a listen.
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, see 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 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. Even though it’s two years old, most of the details still apply to EPCRA 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 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 EPCRA Tier II stuff
To date, Encamp has worked with nearly 200 businesses to manage close to 4,000 of their facilities and track over 20,000 compliance dates. 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.