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Y2K and California's Hazardous Materials


Governor?s Office of Emergency Services (OES) May 25, 1999
>sjd/Y2K Hazardous Materials Project Manager
> on the Y2K Hazardous Materials Project
> May 27, 1999
>Goal: Per the Governor?s instructions, the Governor?s Office of Emergency
>Services (OES) is implementing a program to protect the safety of the
>people of the state and the environment through assuring Y2K readiness by
>the more than 110,000 hazardous materials handlers/businesses/facilities in
>Methodology: This will be accomplished through ?triaging? the hazardous
>materials handlers to determine which processes are vulnerable to Y2K
>failures and which are not; and which handlers have the resources and
>technical expertise to address their Y2K issues and which do not. Using
>the triaged list, local government will be the primary means for evaluation
>and appropriate action. The state level effort will focus on providing
>training and technical assistance to local government, as well as outreach
>and awareness materials to handlers.
>1. Coordinate the Y2K efforts of technical experts including, but not
>limited to, water quality, air quality, radiological, chemical process
>safety, toxicology, industrial hygiene, pesticide, and medical waste.
>2. Communicate with hazardous materials handlers about potential Y2K
>impacts on their processes and the Governor?s concern about safety issues
>related to Y2K.
>3. Work with the technical experts to identify those materials,
>processes, and handlers most vulnerable to Y2K failures which could impact
>4. Emphasize compliance with existing laws (compliance with existing laws
>will provide handlers with good preparedness for any impact from Y2K).
>5. Using local government, state inspectors and/or consultant services,
>conduct onsite visits to the most vulnerable handlers. Encourage the
>handlers to remediate technical problems, create work-around procedures,
>and update contingency plans.
>6. If any problems cannot be addressed with reasonable assurance, develop
>contingencies to avoid possible hazardous material incidents.
>Process: OES is working with:
>? Local government;
>? Industry, trade associations, and labor unions;
>? Community and environmental groups; and
>? State agencies and departments including CalEPA (Air Resources Board,
>State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Pesticide Regulation,
>Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and Department of Toxic
>Substances Control), Department of Health Services/Radiological Health
>Branch, Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Occupational Safety
>and Health, California Department of Forestry, State Fire Marshal, and
>California Trade and Commerce Agency/Small Business Development Center.
>Funding: OES has initiated a budget change proposal for this project. The
>proposal includes provisions for technical consultants and pass through
>funds for local government that are interested and able to implement the
>program within their jurisdiction.