A final newsletter reminder for the Nebraska Class A/B and C operators. The training deadline is 12/31/15. With the holidays between now and them, we strongly urge you get get signed up today. If you have any questions about training or the deadline, please contact us anytime at 866-301-8265 or info@USTtraining.com
Ben Thomas of UST Training is honored to have been recently selected to join the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s RP 900 Committee. If you’re one of our Class UST A/B operators, you’ll recognize PEI’s RP 900 Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems as major focus of our Class A/B UST training. We’ve been offering the inspection checklists found in RP 900 and have heavily referenced the standard in all our training starting in 2009. Since then we’ve offered these checklists to literally thousands of operators as a suggested way to stay ahead of the compliance curve.
Now the document is being amended in part to more consistent with the the new EPA rules. The Recommended Practice was first published in 2008 so the practices themselves predate the new Federal rules by a number of years. Starting in 2018 the new Federal rules will be requiring states to adopt monthly walk-through inspections, the backbone of RP 900. Changes to RP 900 will bring regulatory consistency for folks doing (or about to start doing) daily, monthly and annual UST inspections.
Ben Thomas is excited to bring his years of operator training experience to the committee to represent those who will use the standard the most: namely Class A/B and C UST operators. Ben is humbled to sit alongside a group of distinguished national UST experts to make this essential standard even better. Stay tuned for details.
If you have Veeder Root TLS 450 tank monitor, you might find this user guide video very helpful. It was prepared by AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) the worldwide retailer of fuels for US Army and Air Force installations. It’s excellent if you’re a Class A/B or C operator coming up to speed on how to use the tank monitor. Also, if you’re a UST inspector, you might also find this video very useful in getting ready for a 450 inspection. Note this is only for the 450 and not the 450 Plus. Enjoy and thanks Robert Largent and the gang at AAFES!
We’re seeing an increasing number of UST sites today that are outfitted with emergency spill response kits. But because a spill response kit is not specifically required in Federal and many state UST rules, it’s not something state inspectors are necessarily looking for. Meanwhile, many to most of the larger UST companies have had spill skits on-site, stocked and ready to deploy for many years.
If you don’t yet have a spill kit at your UST site, consider the following useful information provided by our good friends at the Vermont DEC. (more…)
Aloha Hawaii Class C UST Operators. This is a friendly reminder that the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) requires all Class C UST operators to be retrained annually. Retraining helps keep you sharp in the event an unforeseen incident like a tank overfill, leak alarm, fire or other UST hazard.
We’ve created this post because many Hawaii operators first got trained at the end of 2013 so we expect a number of Class C operators will need to re-certify right about now. And If you’re coming back for a refresher here’s how you do it in your account.
For a list of refresher requirements in other states click here.
Having trained 1000’s of UST operators over the last 12 years, I’ve noticed a pattern how an entire state deals with meeting a UST operator training deadline. This first happened when I led the nation’s first Class A/B course in Oregon in 2003. And Nebraska is another classic example of this start-to-end cycle today in 2015. Here’s what happens. (more…)