PASS Operator Certificate Verification Keeps Your Training on Track
Verifying operator training certificates from different states does not have to be a major challenge. Large companies should know that there is one national training solution that will help them keep track of training certificates across the country: PASS.
PASS introduced our Training Certificate Verification tool in 2014. To use it, simply click on Resources at the top of our home page and select Certificate Verification or enter passtesting.com/verify in your browser. Enter the number you see in the bottom right corner and click Verify. You will see the certificate ID number followed by the student’s name, the course taken, the status (Completed, Expired, or Retired), and the start, completion, and expiration dates. This is helpful not only for company administrators but for state inspectors wanting to check and validate operator training certificates. It’s one more way PASS has been helping customers keep their training on track.
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MPACT 2016 Wrap-up
PASS had another incredible show with more booth visitation than ever! PASS Tools along with PASS UST Operator Training and MyTankInfo is the complete compliance package and companies are really jumping on board with how easy UST/AST compliance can be. We want to take time to thank all our existing customers who dropped by for their loyalty, and invite all our new customers to see why PASS will work for you.
Here are some highlights from the show.
Mark your calendars… July 1, 2016 is the deadline for UST Operator Training.
Beginning July 1, 2016, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will check compliance for UST sites that are not insured by the Missouri PST Insurance Fund or PSTIF. The DNR will also also begin checking for designated and trained UST Class A, B, and C operators. PASS offers Missouri Department of Natural Resources acceptable training via reciprocity from Illinois. Visit passtesting.com/missouri for more information.
Missouri’s DNR will implement a portion of the new rules by July 1, 2017. This portion requires new UST systems to be double-walled and have containment sumps with interstitial monitoring. In addition, if over 50% of any piping is replaced, it must be replaces with double-walled piping with containment sumps and interstitial monitoring.
Here is a list of Proposed Underground Storage Tank Compliance Dates and a link to the redline changes to the rules.
The Steel Tank Institute (STI) is in the process of updating several of its publications and seeks feedback on the following: SP001 Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks and SP031 Standard for Repair of Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks for Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids. The deadline for submitting comments is April 20, 2016 and must be done using STI’s online form. You can also find out more information about STI’s work in their latest Tank Talk newsletter.
Also of interest in this issue of Tank Talk is a report on a recent study of aging USTs by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Tanks Subcommittee. The committee conducted in-depth studies of aging USTs in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. In addition to the age of the UST, the committee investigated state regulations regarding aging tanks and financial assistance available for leaking UST clean-up.
As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Illinois.
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.
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As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Ohio.
Ohio is in the process of revising the state Fire Code for 2017. As UST operator training and certification is overseen by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), a division of the State Fire Marshal’s office, the revised Code will certainly be of interest to UST operators in Ohio. To read more about the Code revision process, click here.
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M-PACT 2016 will be held March 22-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. PASS will be in booth #523 next to our exhibiting partner, MyTankInfo. We hope to see you there! The tradeshow exhibit hall is open March 23 1:00 pm-5:30 pm and March 24 11:00 am-3:00 pm.
We always look forward to this show, and not just because it’s in our home state. The Indiana Convention Center is an excellent facility and M-PACT organizes a top-notch tradeshow. But M-PACT is more than a tradeshow. You can attend informational/educational sessions held during the show. You can find exhibitors by searching the online exhibitor map or list. And football fans won’t want to miss Wednesday’s Industry Luncheon Keynote Address given by NFL official (and practicing trial attorney) Ed Hochuli.
Before you hit the tradeshow floor, find out what’s new in the states participating in M-PACT 2016.
As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Indiana.
- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management IDEM) has begun using a new billing system. IDEM will collect UST fees on a calendar year of January 1 to December 31.
- IDEM is also using a new Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form (state form 45223). This form and instructions on completing it can be found on IDEM’s forms page.
- The new Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form requires owners/operators to provide their financial responsibility information. In addition, UST owners/operators who want to use the Excess Liability Trust Fund (ELTF) as a financial responsibility mechanism must submit the Certificate of Financial Assurance (COFA) Request Form to IDEM. More information on Indiana’s financial responsibility requirements can be found here.
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As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Kentucky.
In its second quarter 2015 issue of UST Quarterly, the Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch (USTB) announced a new enforcement initiative for habitually non-compliant UST owners/operators. As Brian Osterman, Environmental Scientist with the Field Operations Branch, writes:
Some owners and operators wait for a state compliance inspection to discover UST system issues, and the subsequent Notice of Violation, before they address common maintenance tasks or before they repair broken or failing system components. Once the issues specifically cited in the violation are addressed sufficiently to receive a passing compliance letter, all efforts to maintain the system cease until the next compliance inspection spurs action. (1)
Owners/operators in these situations are often, therefore, habitually non-compliant, only addressing immediate problems and not implementing continuous proactive measures. In such cases, the USTB will begin “automatically referring habitually non-compliant UST facilities to the Division of Enforcement for possible fines and penalties” (Osterman 1) and other enforcement actions.
If you have difficulty keeping up with required operation and maintenance tasks at your facility, PASS can help! PASS Tools, our cloud-based inspection and compliance application, makes organizing and maintaining your compliance documents easy! With PASS Tools, you can input and view facility information, inspection status, forms, photographs, operator training certificates, and other documentation, anytime, anywhere. You can easily print documentation for the inspector and to keep on hand at your facility. With PASS Inspection Services, one of our partner service and maintenance companies will provide UST inspection and consulting services at your facility.
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