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SECTION 280.35. OPERATOR TRAINING REQUIRED

  1. Not later than August 8, 2009, the Department shall develop an Operator Training Plan.
  2. The training plan shall:
    1. Be developed in cooperation with tank owners and operators; and
    2. Take into consideration training programs implemented by tank owners and tank operators; and
    3. Be appropriately communicated to tank owners and operators; and
    4. Provide options for obtaining training.
    5. Describe minimum curriculum standards and evaluation requirements for operator training.
  3. Not later than two years from the publication date of the Department’s Operator Training Plan, operator training is required for all operators of underground storage tank systems that meet the definition of "UST system" in Section 280.12, except for those underground storage tank systems identified in Section 280.10(b) and 280.10(c) as excluded or deferred underground storage tank systems. Three categories of operators must be trained:
    1. Class A Operator - Persons having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.
    2. Class B Operator - Persons having daily on-site responsibility for the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems.
    3. Class C Operator - Daily, on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from an underground storage tank system.
  4. Class A and B Operators shall be trained in facility-specific operation and maintenance and/or emergency response actions within 30 days of being designated as an operator at the UST facility.
  5. Once each month, Class B Operators shall validate that:
    1. Each assigned facility has accomplished the required release detection monitoring;
    2. Each assigned facility has the required release and equipment monitoring records;
    3. Required equipment and system testing has been accomplished;
    4. Unusual operating conditions or release detection system indications have been reported and investigated;
    5. Routine operations and maintenance activities have been accomplished;
    6. Spill, overfill, and corrosion protection systems are in place and operational;
    7. Class C operators have been designated and trained.
  6. Class B Operators shall physically visit each assigned facility quarterly.
  7. Class C Operators shall be trained in facility specific emergency response actions before they assume responsibility for the UST facility.
  8. Operator Identification. Each facility will need at least one individual trained to perform the duties in each operator category (A, B, and C). At small facilities, one individual may handle all three duties. However, in the operation and maintenance structure at an underground storage tank facility that is part of a large store chain, open 24-hours, a number of persons may be designated to perform duties and responsibilities of operator classes A, B, and C.
    1. Not later than three months after the publication date of the Operator Training Plan, tank owners shall notify the Department of the number of operators in Operator Class A and Operator Class B for each UST facility. Not later than thirty days after Class A and Class B Operators complete appropriate operator training, tank owners will notify the department of the name, training completion date and training provider for each operator.
      1. The Department shall establish a registry of Class A and Class B operators to include facility responsibility, training completion date, and training provider.
      2. The Department shall verify that training is current for Class A and Class B Operators during inspections at UST facilities.
    2. Tank owners shall designate in writing the Class C Operators for each facility and keep a copy of that designation on file at the facility.
      1. Tank owners shall be responsible for training Class C Operators.
      2. Tank owners shall document training for Class C Operators and maintain a copy of that documentation on file at the facility.
      3. The Department shall verify such documentation during inspections.
  9. Persons having primary responsibility and daily on-site operation and maintenance responsibility of underground storage tank systems (Class A and/or Class B Operators) shall repeat relevant facility-specific training if the tank for which they have such responsibilities is determined to be out of compliance with the requirements of this regulation.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Land & Waste Management at (803) 898-2000 or visit our offices (note new location).