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CHEMICALS (OCCUPATIONAL/TOXIC)

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Hazardous and toxic materials are regulated by Chapter 6.5 of the Health and Safety Code. Responsibility for disposal or oversight cleanup of these materials are shared by the several agencies designated below:


The Department of Toxic Substances Control issues licenses and permits to operate storage sites, treatment, and disposal processes, and also licenses the transporters of toxic substances.

Department of Toxic Substances Control
Office of Public and Regulatory Assistance
400 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-9224


The California Department of Environmental Management enforces law pertaining to 3,500 generators of hazardous waste. Inspects and provides educational opportunities when violations occur. Inspection and regulation of wastes include the following types of shops: auto body or repair, printing, photo, and dry cleaning. The county and state share responsibilities for regulation of army and air force bases.

California Department of Environmental Management
Environmental Health Division 8475 Jackson Road, Suite 240
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 875-8440

Hazard Material Division 8475 Jackson Road, Suite 230
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 875-8550


Contact the Sacramento County Hazardous Waste Management HOTLINE: (916) 855-5656 to make complaints or report problems with hazardous waste



For issues related to compliance and complaints for workplace handling of materials or when is environmentally a safety or health issue for workplace, contact the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL-OSHA).

(CAL-OSHA)
2424 Arden Way, Room 165
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-2800

CAL/OSHA 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 5202
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 972-8500 (headquarters)


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has jurisdiction over Dept. of Toxic Substances for California.

U.S. EPA
Public Information Center
75 Hawthorne
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 744-1500


Publications available: None are offered by the Consumer Information Center

See also: County Health Offices listed in white pages of telephone directory, Health Services (California Department of), Water Resources Board (California Department of)

Other referrals: None




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