The objective of this training session is to give you the information you need to help prevent oil spills and to keep spills that do occur from getting into the environment. By the end of the training session, you will be able to comply with the applicable laws and regulations for oil spill response, follow the procedures in the facility’s spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plan and the federal response plan (FRP), implement procedures designed to prevent spills, implement the control measures installed to prevent an oil spill from reaching navigable waters, and know your role in responding to an oil spill and countermeasures for stopping a spill from reaching the environment.
Why “SPCC and FRPs” Matters:
When oil spills into navigable waters or onto adjoining shorelines, it can have harmful impacts on the environment, human health, and economic activity. The EPA issued the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation to prevent oil spills and to assure that oil facility personnel are prepared to respond if a spill occurs.
The regulation has two sets of requirements. The first set of requirements is the SPCC rule. The SPCC rule is the basis of EPA’s oil spill prevention program. The second set of requirements is the FRP rule. The FRP program is designed to ensure that certain facilities have adequate oil spill response capabilities.
- It is part of your job to prevent oil spills.
- The SPCC plan and the FRP are the heart of our spill prevention and control program, and they contain the procedures you must follow to prevent spills and respond to spills that occur.
- It’s also part of your job to immediately respond to spills; remember the SWIMS procedure.
- Pay attention to facility security measures.
- Report all spills.
- Be safe—know your primary and secondary evacuation routes.
- Be familiar with shutdown and other emergency response duties in case of a spill.