Hazardous Materials Inspection Unit

Contact Information

Fire Prevention Division - CUPA
333 Olympic Drive, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-4971

  • Technical and complex hazardous materials, fire and life safety inspections at industrial, residential, educational, licensed health care facilities, City Bus Yards, City Yards, and high-rise buildings or other facilities that use, handle, store, or dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Testing of complex fire alarm systems; fire sprinkler and standpipe systems; fire pumps; fixed fire extinguishing systems; smoke control systems; and clean agent systems to assure compliance with approved plans and national standards.
  • Enforces the California Building, Fire, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes.
  • Enforces the Santa Monica Municipal Code, Uniform Building and Fire Codes and National Fire Codes.
  • Monitors, interprets and applies federal, state, county and city laws and regulations related to hazardous materials.
  • Identifies and categorizes chemicals and other substances which may be hazardous materials.
  • Approves and issues hazards control and fire protection system permits.
  • Performs computer data entry, analysis and data management of Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) information and other activities as required.
  • Assists Suppression and Rescue Division personnel with hazardous materials, fire and life safety inspections and other activities as required.
  • Reviews plans for building construction; fire protection systems; flammable and hazardous materials storage and processes; and similar type projects.
  • Develops, updates and analyzes documents for sufficiency and compliance with CUPA requirements which include, but are not limited to, the Hazardous Materials Release Response Program (HMRRP), Uniform Fire Code (Article 80), California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP), and the Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST Program).
  • Coordinates information and activities with other city and non-city agencies or departments.
  • Conducts investigations of complaints or incidents involving hazardous materials.

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