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HOW TO REPORT HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILLS

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The Ontario Environmental Protection Act (EPA) describes the procedure when a hazardous material spills into the environment. One must immediately report the spill to the M.O.E., The Ontario Ministry of Environment and follow these procedures:
1. Notification
2. Reporting
3. Role of the M.O.E.
4. Contacting the M.O.E.
5. Responsibilities in the event of a Spill
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1. Notification
“Every person having control of a pollutant that is spilled and every person who spills or causes or permits a spill of a pollutant that causes or is likely to cause and adverse effect shall forthwith notify the Ministry” [EPA, Section 92(1)]
There are no required minimum reportable amounts. When you have confirmed or identified a spill, the EPA considers the duty to report as: “…immediately when the person knows or ought to know that the pollutant is spilled AND is causing or is likely to cause an adverse effect” [EPA, Section 92(2)]
In accordance with the EPA, liability does not depend upon fault or negligence, but only upon the fact that the spill occurred.
The M.O.E. must be notified when a solid, liquid and/or gaseous material has been released to the outside environment (i.e. outside of a building) and causes or has the potential to cause an adverse effect.
The M.O.E. evaluates where there is the possibility of outside contamination, the incident is also reportable.
Some examples for hazardous material spills of chemical / and or pollutants reportable to the M.O.E. are:

1. Spills occurring outside of a building, or
2. Spills occurring inside a building that allows the pollutant to migrate and/or leak to the outside environment.

2. Reporting

Under the EPA, Regulation 360 – Spills Regulation, Part V of the regulation outlines exemptions for the purposes of notification [section 92 of the Act] of spills to the Ministry. Here are some examples of exemptions that could apply:
a) Fuel leaks from vehicles
Class III spills [spills of liquid from the fuel or other systems of vehicles] of less than 100 litres are exempt from reporting to the Ministry if the spill does not enter the sewer system and notification requirements under the Highway Traffic Act have been complied.
b) Small fires
Class V – spills of pollutants from fires, where the pollutants are products of combustion of materials normally found in residential properties of 10 or less households are completely exempt from the Part X (spills) of the Act
Research and/or facilities containing chemicals, radioactive materials or biological agents as laboratories or storage facilities that become involved in a fire with smoke escaping into the remaining inhabited structures, windows or out of doorways to the outside.
It is most likely that the Fire Department will be involved and will report a hazardous material spills to the M.O.E.
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3. Role of the M.O.E.
Once a report has been received, the M.O.E. will likely evaluate and consider the extent of environmental impact and the scope of the cleanup. All reports will be documented by the M.O.E. The Ministry will evaluate the spill and review the clean – up. M.O.E. will then decide whether or not it will to transfer the investigation to its Investigation and Enforcement Branch for the type of Enforcement and/or prosecution.
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4. Contacting the M.O.E.
The M.O.E. is available on a 24-hour emergency call center in order to handle reports of hazardous material spills: 1-800-268-6060 As outlined below in Section 5
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5. RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE EVENT OF A SPILLhazardous material spills kit

In some cases, the Fire Department may notify the Ministry of the Environment when chemicals are involved in a fire. It is important that in this event, a Designated Manager, or Environmental Manager be notified immediately.
Companies should have an emergency procedure manual for cleanup and reporting of chemical spills and have the appropriate protective clothing and spill cleanup kits in strategic areas for easy access to all personnel.
In the event of hazardous material spills, one should do the following:

1. Assess the Health and Safety factor. Individuals should not put themselves or others at risk when evaluating or implementing a spill cleanup.
2. Stop the spill, contain it, and implement the proper steps to control any effect on the environment or
3. Call C.L.E.A.N.’s 24 hour response lines at 905 880 3244 or 1 866 291 0056
Some examples of Hazardous Material Spills:

  • large spills (e.g. several litres),
  • spills involving highly toxic materials,
  • spills involving quantities of flammable materials which cannot be safely handled,
  • spills occurring outside a building,
  • spills inside a building in which material (gaseous, solid or liquid) is leaking or may leak outside,
  • fires involving chemicals,

C.L.E.A.N. provides all the hazardous material spills and containment products such as spill kits and supplies for your facility. If you need more information give us a call at 905 880 3244 or 1 866 291 0056 and one of our specialists will provide you with whatever you need.

C.L.E.A.N. and its representatives can guide you through hazardous material spills and provide you with our one stop A to Z service from Containment to Reporting to Transportation and Disposal.

To ensure your hazardous material spills are dealt with in a compliant and efficient manner, call us today at  905 880 3244 or 1 866 291 0056 or email us at info@cleanalliance.com.

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