That control the regulations of the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) in the United States.

What you will find on this page

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA established under the Department of Labor by the OSHA act of 1970, regulates the storage and use of toxic and hazardous substances as they relate to worker health and safety. OSHA regulations are found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910, Subpart H.

The OSHA Act requires employers to comply with OSHA standards and regulations and to protect employees from recognized hazards in the workplace. OSHA enforces its rules and regulations by inspecting the workplaces of employers. When violations are discovered during inspections, OSHA issues citations and proposes monetary penalties. OSHA encourages companies to participate in Voluntary Protection Programs. Employers who participate in these Voluntary Compliance Programs develop a new relationship with OSHA and are not subject to programmed inspections; however compliance remains mandatory.

Phone: (202) 219-8271

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Addresses through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the law that governs solid and hazardous waste disposal in the United States. 1976, amended in 1984. It states the need for facilities with hazardous waste substances to store containers in some kind of containment system.

Stationary containers, such as tanks, as well as portable storage containers, such as 55 gallon drums, are required to have a system that will protect the environment from this waste if a leak were to occur. Hazardous waste regulations appear in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Portable container containment is addresses under Subpart I, Use and Management of Containers (EPS 40 CFR 264.175). Facilities dealing with the storage of hazardous materials may also be required to have containment if they are to meet the Uniform Fire Code (UFC) standards. within the UFC standards, Section 80, Division III refers to the Hazard Materials Storage Requirements pertaining to containers and tanks and Division IV refers to Spill Control, Drainage Control and Secondary Containment with regard to hazardous materials.


EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasures Rule

Under authority of the Clean Water Act, EPA published its Oil Pollution Prevention Rule (40 CFR 112) that took effect originally on January 10, 1974. The rule was revised and strengthened on July 17, 2002. Facilities subject to the Rule must prepare and implement a plan to prevent any discharge of oil into or upon navigable waters of the U.S. (including groundwater) or adjoining shorelines. This written plan is called a SPCC Plan.

Plan must address:
(a) operating procedures the facility implements to prevent oil spills;
(b) control measures installed to prevent oil from entering navigable water;
(c) countermeasures to contain, clean up and mitigate the effects of oil spills.

Phone: (800) 621-3431

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Serves as the focal point in the Federal Government for the coordinated National Transportation Policy. The DOT has authority over the shipping and transporting of hazardous materials, including packaging and labeling. The DOT regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations under Title 49 and are based largely upon the recommendations as per the United Nations (UN).

Phone: (202) 366-4000

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Since 1896, it has been the most recognized non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of human life and property from the hazards of fire

Phone: (800) 344-3555

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