Chemical and Physical Hazards

Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Tier II Reporting
7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
(614) 645-7005

CEPAC Information Coordinator 
Jonathan Schmidt
[email protected]

Chemical Emergency CEPAC

Program Information

Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC)

The Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC) of Franklin County serves as the official Local Emergency Planning Committee. This council performs the duties outlined in Title III (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) of the Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) (United States Public Law 99-499 and Chapter 3750 of the Ohio Revised Code and as appointed by the State of Ohio.

These powers and duties outlined in the law require CEPAC to perform the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive emergency response plan for the county;
  • Distribute the emergency plan and make it publicly available;
  • Receive and maintain a database of reports and chemical inventory information as specified throughout SARA Title III;
  • Receive and process requests for chemical inventory and emergency response information from the public;
  • Establish procedures for conducting its public information responsibilities;
  • Notify the public of committee activities and public meetings to discuss the emergency plan;
  • Handle and respond to public comments on the emergency plan.

CEPAC Council Meetings
CEPAC Council meetings are held four times a year, beginning at 9:00 am. The location of the meetings sometimes change, but the current scheduled meeting is always listed. For updated meeting locations for a specific meeting day, please contact Jonathan Schmidt, 614-645-6275, [email protected].

Next  CEPAC Council Meeting: April 14, 2023, 10:00 am -11:00 am, Location: Columbus Public Health, Auditorium

Community Resources

Community Right-to-Know
CEPAC maintains public reports and chemical inventory information.  Find out how you can request this type of information in this Community Right-to-Know informational sheet.

Need a speaker or want to learn more about chemical emergency preparedness?
CEPAC offers an informative presentation on how to identify hazardous chemicals. CEPAC can also present an overview of what we do as a council, as well as create presentations tailored to your organization.  

Call: Jonathan Schmidt, 614-645-6275 for more information. 

Industry Resources

Chemical Reporting
How to File a Chemical Report

Information on Filing and Facility Compliance Manual

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Documents

CEPAC Tier 2 Reporting Workshop Materials