If your facility stores or handles hazardous materials or hazardous waste, you should expect to receive an annual visit from a CUPA inspector. CUPA inspectors are responsible for the enforcement of the Unified Program, which includes the following programs:
Inspections occur annually and are, more often than not, unannounced. A CUPA inspection generally consists of the following: records review, site walkthrough, and exit interview. When an inspector enters your facility, they will tell you what they are there to inspect. The first thing they will do is sit down with you to discuss the facility operations and request to see all of the documentation pertinent to the program that they are inspecting. After this, they will perform a walkthrough of the facility to look at processes and storage areas, usually with an escort. At the end of the inspection, the inspector will discuss with you any deficiencies or violations that require correction. A formal report should be sent to you shortly after the inspection detailing any violations and comments.
To help you prepare for an inspection, here are ten things that CUPA inspectors usually look for when they enter a facility:
These are just some of the things CUPA inspectors look for, without diving into the individual program requirements. We understand how many competing priorities the EHS Professional has at a facility and we can provide you support to ensure your team is prepared. We offer random site audits to ensure you are ready for inspection and help you correct problems, so you don’t receive a notice of violation. We are always available to work with you to resolve your NOVs, but prevention can be less costly over the long run. For more information contact us at (562) 495-5777.
Blog post by Diana Nguyen, MPH