This session will discuss emergency response responsibilities that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for employees (Class C operators) at facilities with underground storage tanks (USTs). Federal law requires that all Class C operators must be designated and trained on or before October 13, 2018 (or sooner in some states). The owner/operator (Class A/B operator) may customize the training to meet state- and facility-specific requirements.
BLR’s Class C Operator Training program meets the 2015 UST regulations and provides, at a minimum, instruction on immediate actions required in response to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills or releases from underground storage tank systems that pose an immediate danger or threat to the public or to the environment. This program is acceptable* or approved in the following states: AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WY.
*“Acceptable” means that state agency does not need to approve the Class C operator training.
Why “Class C UST Operator Training” Matters:
A Class C UST operator is an employee that is generally the first line of response to events indicating emergency conditions at a facility with USTs. This individual is responsible for responding to alarms or other emergencies caused by spills or releases from UST systems.
- Identify basic safety features of the UST system.
- Understand requirements for safe operations.
- Recognize emergency responsibilities.
- Respond to alarms or releases in an emergency to minimize injuries and damage to the environment.
- Take action in response to emergencies, such as fires, spills, leaks, fuel delivery overfills, medical emergencies, and other unusual conditions.