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Key takeaways from CA OSPR Spill Management Team Q&A sessions

On February 15 and 17, 2022, OSPR hosted Q&A sessions to address the new Spill Management Team regulations, program implementation, and training requirements.

Our team attended both of these sessions to gather information so that you can be up-to-date and ready for when and how these regulations will affect your business.



> Regulations become effective and OSPR will begin accepting applications on April 1st. > Plan holders MUST submit applications within 90 days of the regulations becoming effective - this means applications are due on or before June 30, 2022. > If a plan holder intends to use external SMT support to supplement their internal response personnel, their proposed external SMT must also have an application submitted by June 30, 2022. > The minimum number of personnel required (initial and cascading combined) for your SMT and their required level of training and/or experience is determined based on the plan holder's tier classification:

  • Tier I SMTs require a minimum of 12 personnel.

  • Tier II SMTs require a minimum of 10 personnel.

  • Tier III SMTs require a minimum of 8 personnel.

> Tier classification is determined by your Reasonable Worst Case Spill (RWCS) volume and the type of waters that would potentially be affected by a spill (marine, inland, or intermittent/ephemeral). > Training requirements for response personnel vary based on their classification as initial or cascading response personnel:

  • Initial response personnel training requirements are team-based: you must have a minimum number of personnel (determined by your tier classification) that have completed ICS 100, 200, 300, 700, and 800.

  • Cascading response personnel training requirements are position-based: you must be able to fill certain ICS positions (determined by your tier classification) and those positions have specific training or experience qualification requirements


We have compiled all of the information about Spill Management Team certification regulations, program implementation, and training requirements on our website. Here you will find useful tools such as the following:

  • ICS training resources

  • SMT implementation timeline

  • How to determine your tier and training requirements

  • References and resources (i.e. regs, templates, guidance, and more)



See OSPR's presentation here:

CA OSPR SMT Q&A Presentation Feb 2022
Download PDF • 1.58MB

Watch the full presentation here:

Watch Q&A Session #1 (February 15, 2022):

Watch Q&A Session #2 (February 17, 2022):


CA OSPR will hold additional sessions in March to address the online submission system for SMT applications, with one focusing on the plan holder submission process and the other on external SMT submissions.

  • Plan Holder Focus: March 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

  • External SMT Focus: March 17, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Amergent Techs will be attending both of these sessions and will take detailed notes so we can pass along information to our valued clients. If you cannot attend the sessions but would like us to ask a question on your behalf, please reach out using the contact info below.

Have questions? Contact us today!


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