There are many small businesses that are subject to environmental laws and, although small business owners want to comply, they are often not aware of the laws that apply to them. In addition, small business owners have many priorities and sometimes limited resources to devote to environmental compliance. With these implications, it can be difficult for small businesses to keep up with changes in the regulations.
Recognizing these challenges, Ohio EPA offers compliance assistance "to help small businesses understand and comply with the environmental regulations that apply to them." The services of the office are free, non-regulatory and available to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
Small businesses can also use the Environmental Compliance Self-Assessment Guide for Small Businesses as a tool to help identify the environmental regulations they are subject to and to assess their degree of compliance.
There are many benefits to small businesses in working with the office to achieve compliance with the environmental regulations:
- Protecting workers' health and safety
- Preserving natural resources
- Reducing liability and the potential for violations or penalties
- Saving money through pollution prevention (P2)
We hope you find this site to be a helpful resource. Please feel free to contact us directly if you need any additional information or help with environmental regulations.
If you are starting or expanding a business in Ohio, it is very important for you to determine whether you need environmental permits for your operations. You can use the Guide to Environmental Permitting in Ohio to help you determine what environmental permits you need, why you need them and how to get them. This guide should not, however, be your only resource in determining your permitting and compliance responsibilities.
Local OCAPP contacts at Ohio EPA District Offices
Our local Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) contacts can explain environmental regulations, permitting requirements and compliance reporting in plain language. If your company is independently owned and has less than 100 employees, an OCAPP compliance specialist will visit your facility at your request to advise you on what you need to do for environmental compliance. These visits are not inspections, and the results are kept confidential. Go to the Agency's district office home page for the mailing address and contact information for OCAPP compliance specialists located throughout Ohio.