The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 made UST operator training mandatory for states receiving funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, section 1524 of the Energy Policy Act established the basic operator classes and definitions and tasked the EPA, in cooperation with states, with developing operator training guidelines. The EPA published these guidelines in its Grant Guidelines to States for Implementing the Operator Training Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (August 2007).
Class C operators are the first responders to emergency situations at a UST facility. They are usually clerks of the facility.
Class C operators:
- Respond to alarms, releases, and other emergency situations;
- Control and/or monitor the dispensing or sale of regulated substances; and
- May monitor fuel delivery to the tanks.
Class C operators must be trained on:
- How to respond to emergencies (such as situations posing an immediate danger or threat to the public or to the environment and that require immediate action) and alarms caused by spills or releases from an underground storage tank system.
PASS’ UST Class C Operator Training
All of PASS’ UST operator training courses meet and exceed the federal requirements for UST operator training and are offered through our in-house designed and built Learning Management System (LMS). Our courses are available on demand, 24/7 and are accessible from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone. The student can complete an entire course in a single session or take the course in segments. The training may be stopped and restarted, allowing for maximum schedule flexibility. PASS also does not impose time restrictions on course access, so students may take as much time as they need to complete their training. PASS’ training courses are accepted by more states than any other training provider.
PASS’ UST operator training course content is divided into chapters. Each chapter utilizes a combination of text, images, and narration, providing a multi-faceted learning experience for diverse learning styles. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the application automatically redirects the student to the correct course information. The student is then given another opportunity to answer the quiz question. This reflexive quizzing model ensures comprehension of the course material and reinforces learner retention.
The PASS UST Class C training course consists of seven primary chapters, which are summarized here. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz. Once a student has completed all chapters and quizzes (approximately 30 minutes), he or she will be directed to print out an Orientation Checklist. During the student’s orientation tour of the facility, the student and the manager or Class B Operator will check off each item on the list as it is identified and explained. When the Orientation Checklist has been completed, the student may print his or her UST Class C operator certificate.
CHAPTER 1 – FACILITY OVERVIEW
This chapter provides a basic overview of the primary components of a typical UST facility. These components include the USTs, manways, spill buckets, fuel dispensers, and dispenser nozzles.
CHAPTER 2 – MONITORING
This chapter emphasizes the components used to monitor a UST facility. Students will learn what an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is and does, how to interpret its alarms and warnings, and what to do in case of an alarm. The role of line leak detectors is also discussed.
CHAPTER 3 – ENVIRONMENTAL
In this chapter, students learn about sensitive receptors, or places where a fuel spill may leave the facility and enter the environment. The chapter also introduces students to the spill kit and its contents, and how to use spill kit components to contain spills threatening sensitive receptors like curb breaks and drains.
CHAPTER 4 – FUELING RULES
The focus of this chapter is fuel delivery safety. Students will watch a short video on proper fueling procedures. Students also learn about hazards at the fueling point, including smoking, static electricity, leaving a vehicle unattended while fueling, and leaving a vehicle running while fueling.
CHAPTER 5 – DELIVERY PROCEDURES
This chapter teaches the student how to supervise a fuel delivery and monitor for problems during a fuel delivery. Additional emphasis is placed on the ATG and on overfill prevention devices like overfill prevention valves and ball float valves. Delivery prohibitions are also addressed.
CHAPTER 6 – SAFETY
This chapter covers safety information every Class C Operator needs to respond to emergencies. Included here is a video explaining when and how to use a fire extinguisher. The Emergency Stop and All Stop buttons are identified and discussed.
CHAPTER 7 – EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
This chapter discusses common emergency situations and proper responses to them, including what to do if a vehicle leaves the facility with the nozzle still in the vehicle’s fuel spout. Managing customer traffic in the event of a spill is also covered. Correct fire extinguisher operation is reviewed.
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