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Operator Training – Minimum Training Requirements and Training Options

Janet Cornett July 26, 2018 0

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has set a criteria of training requirements.

  • Designated Class A, B, and C operators must complete these requirements to maintain quality control.
  • Current operators must complete training by October 13th, 2018
  • New operators will be trained past this date.

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Class A Operators

Each operator must pass a general knowledge exam which covers the following topics:

  • Spill and overfill prevention
  • Leakage detection
  • Corrosion protection
  • Emergency management
  • Product and equipment usage and demonstration
  • Financial accountability
  • Warning and storage tank registration
  • Temporary and permanent closure
  • Reporting, recordkeeping, testing, and assessments
  • Environmental and regulatory penalties of releases
  • Training requirements for Class B and Class C operators

Class B Operators

Each operator must pass a general knowledge examination about site specific requirements, including:

  • Operation and maintenance
  • Spill and overfill prevention
  • Leakage detection and reporting
  • Corrosion protection
  • Emergency management
  • Product and equipment usage and demonstration
  • Reporting, recordkeeping, testing, and assessments
  • Environmental and regulatory penalties of releases
  • Training requirements for Class C operators

Class C Operators

Each operator must pass a comparable exam or complete a training program, and:

  • Must be trained by a Class A or Class B operator.
  • The training option selected must teach the Class C operator to take proper actions.

Training Program

The training program must cover all of the criteria for each class of operator.

Operator’s knowledge must be tested, demonstrated or evaluated as decided by the implementing agency.

  • Class A & B operators must be training within the first 30 days of duty.
  • Class C operators must be pre-trained.
  • Areas found in non-compliance must be retaught to operators.
  • Retraining is not required if Class A & B operators participate in annual refresher training courses.
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