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January 2, 2023

Another Successful Year of Training in Arizona

We helped make Arizona safe and compliant in 2022, one trained UST operator at a time.

UST Training, Inc., under contract with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, provides complementary online Class A/B and C UST operator training to all qualifying Arizona UST operators. Looking back over the last year, we are very pleased to report that we trained over 400 Class A/B UST operators and over 1,100 Class C UST operators.

Through outreach efforts from the ADEQ, and the Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association, plus through word of mouth, we have reached an estimated one quarter of the entire state of Arizona in just one short year. And we are looking forward to another successful year ahead.

Have new staff? Just started managing USTs? Still need to join the team of tank savvy Arizona operators? Learn more here

December 22, 2022

Free Webinar: Create an Effective UST Compliance Program Feb. 8, 2023

Our 2023 Technical Webinar Series Continues

Free Webinar: Create an Effective UST Compliance Program If you are a UST inspector or compliance manager for your company, achieving effective UST compliance can be a challenge. Learn from former regulator and national UST training expert Ben Thomas about how you can improve your government agency or company UST compliance program. Drawing from 34+ years of experience amongst thousands of UST operators and hundreds of inspectors nationwide, hear (and see) Ben explain the eight secret ways to change behavior to improve compliance.

Suggested reading before joining the webinar: “I Don’t Train, I Enforce!” by Ben Thomas, LISTLine Bulletin 46

This webinar will be particularly useful for UST program managers in Government or industry.

February 8, 2023, 10-11 AM Pacific Time

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December 22, 2022

The UST Program is 34 years old today!

Happy Birthday UST Universe. December 22, 1988 was the official adoption date of the national underground storage tank program. 34 years later, see how far we have come:

National UST Program Cleans Up Over 500,000 UST Releases

2022: The PEI Year in Review

December 21, 2022

As a proud member and former Board Member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute or PEI. I’m happy to share this great summary of all the things that PEI does for the UST industry.

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December 13, 2022

Free Veeder Root Webinar January 12, 2023

The Veeder Root TLS 300/350 is being phased out. What can you do to prepare?
FREE Webinar (in case you missed the last one)
January 12, 2023, 10:00 to 11:00 AM PST
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The most important webinar you will attend this year: The Veeder Root TLS 300/350, which makes up the majority of automatic tank gauges in North America is at the end of its sales and service life and is being discontinued by Veeder-Root in the foreseeable future. Veeder-Root announced last year that it will be no longer manufacturing the TLS-300 and TLS-350 systems. They indicated sales cycle where manufacturing the products is no longer feasible due to obsoleted components and increased costs for older technologies.

Hear from UST Training’s special guest speaker Lee Girard of Veeder Root about why the transition is happening, why it’s actually a good thing, and what you can do to prepare for the future. Also hear about the many benefits of the TLS 450 Plus and why the transition makes good business, security and compliance sense. This webinar is limited to the first 500 attendees so sign up today.

December 11, 2022

What Being Tank Savvy Means

Over 11 years ago we started using the word Savvy as a way to describe what we wanted you –the UST operator– to be. It started with our nationally viewed YouTube series Tank Savvy Minute, moved onto stickers we give out at trade shows (“I’m Tank Savvy”), helped you move through Covid-19 with our “Stay Savvy Stay Safe” campaign and now describes our new improved training platform LearnSavvy.
But did you know that our favorite word Savvy is a noun, adjective and a verb?

Savvy as a noun: shrewdness and practical knowledge; the ability to make good judgments.

“The tank owner had the necessary environmental savvy.”
Similar: shrewdness, astute, sharp-wittedness,, intelligence, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, perceptiveness, knowledge.

Savvy as an adjective: shrewd and knowledgeable; having common sense and good judgment.

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December 9, 2022

Why Our UST Operators Like UST Training

We are helping UST operators nationwide be Tank Savvy with our new and improved LearnSavvy Learning Management System.

2022 has been an exciting year as we continue to make LearnSavvy, our learning management system or LMS, even better. We’ve combed through our comments over the last year and wanted to share some of our customer feedback:

“I am a UST-certified installer/ tester and wanted to take this course to better aid, my customers, in finding the best UST training possible. After this course, I will be recommending it to all of my customers.”

“It was presented clearly, easy to understand, very informative, and interesting. I’m motivated to learn more about UST.”

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December 9, 2022

Join the UST Conversation every Friday in 2023

Are you new to UST inspections or compliance management? Do you like hearing about different UST perspectives? Do you want to be part of a national conversation to improve your UST expertise?

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, is pleased to announce we will continue our popular TankSavvy chats on Fridays on Zoom all the way through 2023. Join our weekly collection of UST regulators, operators (both large and small), service providers, tribal representatives, insurance experts and more.

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It’s fun, it’s free and it’ll make you more TankSavvy.

Be part of the national conversation to share and learn from other like-minded industry contacts. No experience necessary.

December 8, 2022

Let us customize Class A/B training for you

Underground storage tank operator training should be relevant to each and every individual. Creating such training can be difficult, but we have a new idea…

Exciting news for many UST operators around the country. We’ve located a number of state online UST databases that allows you, the Class A/B operator, to search and download site-specific reports for your facility. If you can confirm exactly what type of UST system you have, when you take our training, you will know what portions of the training are directly relevant to you. And thus be a better operator and use your time wisely by focusing on the requirements that matter to you.

If you are a Class A/B Operator in the following states the service is available for you for free.

Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

If you are a state UST agency and have a database we are unaware of please let us know so we can add it to our system.

Before you start your Class A/B course, click on the link that allows you to search the database and find your particular UST facility. Download and print a report and use that as you take the A/B training so that you can focus on the material that is specifically applicable to your UST site.

 

December 8, 2022

Don’t Leave That Stick in the Tank!

As part of a recent training class for Class A/B UST operators, we visited a nearby convenience store and did a physical inspection of all the tank openings. The very first fill opening we inspected looked pretty good until I looked closer and noticed that — deep down — there was a stick lodged against the overfill device.

If you are new to UST systems: When you have an automatic shut off device and a level gauge stick jammed inside it, the overfill device will not shut off the flow fuel at 95% full. You have no protection from a potential catastrophic overfill.

Which is why during a mandatory 30-day compliance inspection you must inspect all the fill openings for obstructions. In other words, look for sticks lodged in the fill openings.

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