M-PACT 2016 will be held March 22-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana
The big news in Illinois is the upcoming UST operator certification enforcement. Inspectors from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) have been seeing operator certification violations at gasoline dispensing facilities throughout the state. Examples include:
- A station with one attendant on duty who is not a certified UST operator and knows nothing about operator training; and
- Stations without a designated and trained A/B operator, meaning monthly recordkeeping, required quarterly inspections, and annual maintenance are being neglected.
In response, OSFM inspectors will begin issuing Operator Certification Notices of Violation (NOVs) for operator certification violations starting April 1, 2016. In addition to the Operator Certification NOV, the inspector will immediately red tag the station’s tanks and will not remove the red tags until A, B, and/or C operators have been trained and certified as required by law. This will cost station owners time and money as a red-tagged facility may not receive fuel deliveries or dispense fuel to customers. In effect, a red-tagged facility will be closed until operator training requirements have been met.
PASS is approved to offer Class A/B and Class C operator training in Illinois and getting started is as easy as clicking here. Don’t forget that all UST operators in Illinois are required to be retrained every two years. When you train with PASS, you will get timely reminders before your certification expires so you will always be in compliance.