On-site Assistance

The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides a variety of on-site assistance services to meet your needs in implementing pollution prevention. Read further below for more information.

If you are interested in on-site assistance from Ohio EPA's Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP), contact Michael Kelley by email, or by phone at (614) 644-3469 or (800) 329-7518, fax (614) 644-2807. OCAPP's services are free.

Benefits to receiving a compliance or pollution prevention assistance visit and in working with the OCAPP on environmental issues include:

  • Helps to protect worker health and safety
  • Reduce future environmental liability and potential for noncompliance penalties
  • Be better prepared for future Ohio EPA inspections that may occur at the company
  • Identify ways to save money and increase efficiency through pollution prevention
  • Preserve the environment for future generations

Free and confidential on-site compliance assessments are one of the services the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) offers to small business owners. To help small businesses know how to prepare for and what can be expected during a site visit, click on the "Frequently Asked Questions" tab to learn more about on-site assessments.

The Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) offers free pollution prevention assessments for Ohio businesses. Read on to find out what a pollution prevention assessment could do for your business.

What is a P2 assessment and can it help my company?

A pollution prevention (P2) assessment is an on-site survey of a company's operations to identify and evaluate opportunities to reduce wastes and pollution. Companies can use P2 assessments to identify ways to reduce costs associated with waste generation and disposal. OCAPP's P2 assessments will challenge your company to optimize the use of resources, minimize non-product related losses and increase productivity.

OCAPP has been conducting P2 assessments for Ohio businesses since 1994. OCAPP is committed to help your company tackle those tough issues resulting from wastes and pollution. Interested in results? Check out some of the examples in the "Examples" tab.

Is my company a good candidate for a P2 assessment?

Many companies can benefit from a pollution prevention (P2) assessment. If you have costs associated with losses from your operations, P2 assessments can help identify opportunities to reduce those losses. Companies commonly think of losses as non-product related outputs such as scrap, by-products and wastes. Environmentally, these losses consist of air emissions (VOCs, HAPs), wastewater, solid non-hazardous wastes and hazardous (RCRA) wastes.

The costs associated with these losses can be significant for many companies. For example, losses often result in increased operating costs (treatment, disposal, raw materials), decreased productivity (losses often indicate inefficient processes) and excessive environmental management costs (record-keeping, monitoring, reporting, permitting).

OCAPP's P2 assessments can help companies who lack the available time, resources and technical expertise to identify and evaluate potential opportunities to reduce losses. If your company is struggling with losses from operations or processes and is looking to improve both economic and environmental performance, consider an OCAPP P2 assessment.

OCAPP performs on-site assistance and P2 assessments for many kinds of businesses including chemical manufacturers, electroplaters, metal product manufacturers, printers, dry cleaners, food processors, plastic product manufacturers and wood finishers.

How is a P2 assessment conducted?

OCAPP will work with your company to focus efforts on those areas where there is the greatest potential for waste reduction savings. OCAPP uses a Pre-Site Visit Survey completed by the company to gather background information and to identify potential opportunity areas before the site visit. No confidential business information or proprietary data is requested.

A team of two to four OCAPP pollution prevention specialists will schedule a site visit at your company to gather information and data. The site visit will have three components: an opening meeting to review background information; a facility tour to examine processes and operations; and a closing meeting to collect additional information and to summarize preliminary opportunities. A typical site visit is completed in one day.

OCAPP's team will then work with your company to gather additional data and information. OCAPP uses this information and data to research and evaluate potential opportunity areas. OCAPP focuses efforts on identifying recommendations that support opportunities with strong environmental and economic benefits.

What information is provided in the P2 assessment Report?

The pollution prevention (P2) assessment report is a written report that provides pollution prevention recommendations to improve economic and environmental performance. P2 recommendations could include improved operating practices, material substitutions, equipment changes, process modifications and recycling options. Estimated economic and environmental benefits are provided to illustrate potential waste reduction savings. Valuable resources including  case studies, vendor information, financial assistance resources and business assistance providers are included in the report to support assessment recommendations.

The P2 assessment report is typically completed with 30-45 days after the site visit.

What is my company's role in participating in the P2 assessment?

Your company will need to designate a contact person to work with OCAPP through the assessment process. This will include completing the Pre-Site Visit Survey, scheduling the assessment, leading the team on the site visit and coordinating responses to follow-up information requests.

The company will also be expected to review the Pollution Prevention (P2) Assessment Report. The report contains recommendations only; your company is under no obligation to implement the assessment findings.

Your company will also be asked to complete a Customer Service Follow-up Survey, usually within one year of the P2 assessment. The survey is a quality tool OCAPP uses to evaluate and improve assessments.

What about compliance issues that arise during the P2 assessment?

OCAPP operates confidentially. Information obtained by the office is not shared with Ohio EPA inspection or enforcement staff.

How can my company sign up for or learn more about P2 assessments?

Signing up for a pollution prevention (P2) assessment is easy. Complete the Pre-site Visit Survey and send it to OCAPP. Upon receipt of the survey, OCAPP will register your company for an assessment and work with you to schedule an appropriate date for the site visit.

If you are still not sure about P2 assessments and would like additional information, please contact OCAPP at (614) 644-3469 or (800) 329-7518. The only thing your company has to lose is waste!

Additional P2 Assessment Documents

How do I request an on-site compliance assessment?

Please can call the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) at (800) 329-7518 or (614) 644-3469 to get more information about the process or to request a compliance assessment.

Remember that your contact with the OCAPP will be confidential. If you call the OCAPP with additional questions and decide that you are not interested in receiving on-site help, your inquiry will not be turned over to inspection or enforcement staff.

Why should I have an on-site compliance assessment?

The purpose of an on-site compliance assessment is to help small businesses understand the operating requirements, permitting and other paperwork procedures that must be followed under our state's environmental rules. Recommendations provided by OCAPP staff will give business owners a better understanding of how to continue operating their business to maintain compliance with the regulations.

Small business owners that have participated in the on-site visits often have had little or no experience with Ohio EPA. These businesses usually need help with environmental regulations, including completing permit application forms. Small businesses that have already participated in the program have said that they were glad they contacted the OCAPP and received assistance.

The OCAPP staff conducts the compliance assistance visits under the program's confidentiality procedures. This means that information gathered during the on-site visit will not be shared with agency inspection or enforcement staff. Additionally, there is no charge to the company for the on-site visit.


 

Here are some of the ways the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) has helped Ohio companies through our on-site assistance efforts.

  • Provided research for a job-shop plastics electroplater to identify appropriate technologies to recover chromium and nickel plating solutions.
  • Assisted a small business with starting-up a new fiberglass fabrication facility. Included were recommendations on source reduction and recycling practices that could be incorporated into the operation and layout of the facility.
  • Assisted an automotive parts manufacturer with identifying packaging reduction opportunities and off-site recycling contacts for plastic scrap.
  • Assisted several small businesses with reducing or eliminating solvent usage as part of a well-head protection effort by a local community.
  • Worked with a large automotive parts manufacturer to review existing pollution prevention practices, recommend revisions in their written pollution prevention plan and provide pollution prevention (P2) assessment training to staff. The company later received a Governor's Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Pollution Prevention.
  • Provided P2 recommendations to a rubber products manufacturing plant as part of their indirect discharge permit renewal process.
  • Helped a bearings manufacturing facility with replacing a perchloroethylene (PCE) vapor degreaser with an aqueous cleaning system. Included was information on wastewater recovery/recycling technologies.