The 2005 Energy Policy Act requires that all operators of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) receive training. Among other things, the Act includes provisions regarding UST inspections, operator training, delivery prohibition, secondary containment and financial responsibility. The Federal operator training guidelines established three classes of UST Operators, Class A, Class B and Class C. Each UST system at a facility must designate a Class A, Class B and Class C Operator. This online course was designed to meet the basic Federal requirements for Class A and Class B Operators. Individual States may have additional specific requirements.
Class A Operators are responsible for the broader aspects of compliance and are typically in management positions. They are at the highest level of responsibility. In smaller operations this will likely be the tank Owner/Operator and within a larger company this may be an Environmental Manager. The Class A operator's responsibilities include managing resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments, to achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
Class B Operators implement the regulatory requirements on a daily basis at one or more facilities. Class B Operators must have more depth understanding of operation and maintenance aspects but will have a narrower area of responsibility than a Class A Operator. For a large corporation this could be a district manager, maintenance supervisor, or a site manager, for a smaller company it may be the owner or operator. This individual implements day to day aspects of operating, maintaining, and record keeping for UST's.
Class C Operators are the first line of response to an emergency event. In most instances this will be the clerk or store manager. The Class C Operator controls the dispensing of fuel and is responsible for initial response to alarms or releases. This individual notifies the Class A and Class B operator and appropriate emergency responders when necessary. An operator with at least C certification must be on site during fueling operations at all facilities, unless the facility has been designated as an unmanned facility.
FPMA in conjunction with Clayton-Thomas LLC have developed online courses for the required training through our FPMA website utilizing PAYPAL. A printable certificate will be available once the courses are completed successfully.
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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE UST OPERATOR A/B or C TRAINING, PLEASE CONTACT CLAY HELLNER, WITH CLAYTON-THOMAS, LLC AT 704.219.2500