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See you at WPMA in Las Vegas Feb. 21-23

January 27, 2023

See you at WPMA in Las Vegas Feb. 21-23

Any of you attending WPMA Expo 2023? If so, make sure to connect with Ben and Tammy: we’d love to hang out with you and talk about operator training. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here. It’s going to be another great year and we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben or Tammy in advance? Email us and we can set one up.

Western Petroleum Marketers Association
WPMAEXPO 2023
February 21-23, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
Stop by our booth 1205 and say hi

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January 27, 2023

Free Webinar: What we’ve done and where we’re going: a national EPA UST perspective

Our 2023 UST webinar series continues…

UST Training is very proud to host a live webinar discussion with Mark Barolo, Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks on the State of the UST Nation: What we’ve done and where we’re going.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Mark will share his nearly three decades of policy making experience with the national UST Program, providing an overview of the major milestones the UST program has achieved preventing groundwater contamination, as well as forecast what to expect in the near future. Anyone interested in the Big Picture of UST’s– whether you are a UST owner, operator, inspector, service, provider, policy, maker, or compliance manager– will find us a very insightful discussion. UST Training’s President Ben Thomas, who has known Mark since 1997, will moderate the session. Have a question for the nation’s top UST regulator? Now is your chance!

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January 25, 2023

Virtual UST system: check it out!

 

Here UST Training we love to help people connect with UST equipment in real time. Now you can literally go underground and check out UST system from the bottom up without leaving your home or office. Check out this awesome interactive webpage from OPW.

January 18, 2023

Learn all about Automatic Tank Gauges at M-PACT

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, will be presenting an exciting one hour talk at the M-PACT trade show in Indianapolis about automatic tanks gauges or ATGs. Please attend!

Automatic Tank Gauge Training

With so many ATG’s out in the market, it is sometimes difficult and confusing to understand all the functions of an ATG system. During this training, participants will learn why one should use an ATG system for release detection, types of ATG Systems, and functions of an ATG including how to respond to alarms, how to read and interpret reports, and other valuable information. Please join Ben Thomas of UST Training as he discusses the in’s and out’s of ATG systems.

Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:00 am – 10:50 am

Learn more here.

Register for M-PACT here.

Stop by our Booth 1115 and say hi and learn why UST Training is the nation’s leader of online Class A/B and C UST operator training.

January 17, 2023

Subscribe to Tank Savvy Minute on YouTube

Don’t forget to hit the Subscribe Button on our TankSavvy minute video series on YouTube. And look for new ones in 2023.

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Have a topic you’d like to see us cover? Let us know at [email protected].

January 17, 2023

Ben Thomas of UST Training to Lead SIGMA Maintenance and Environmental Share Group

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, has been selected to lead the SIGMA group on Maintenance and Environmental issues.

SIGMA is America’s Leading Fuel Marketers national trade association representing fuel marketers and convenience store chain retailers in the United States and Canada. Their  approximately 260 corporate members command nearly 50 percent of the petroleum retail market, selling approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year.

The overall goal of SIGMA’s Maintenance and Environmental Share Groups is to use focused discussions to create synergy and develop ideas that can benefit SIGMA members, which ultimately benefits the UST industry in general.

According to Ben, “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen to lead this Share Group. I’m looking forward to sharing my networking history and facilitating some exciting discussions about contemporary UST maintenance and environmental issues facing SIGMA members.”

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January 9, 2023

Start Your Year with Updated PEI Recommended Practices

Whether you are a UST operator, service technician, or inspector, PEI is the definitive resource library for UST experts nationwide.

As always, the start of a new year brings new resolutions. Why not make a resolution to ensure you have the most up-to-date PEI Recommended Practices? PEI’s Recommended Practices are heavily researched, peer-reviewed technical documents addressing the biggest operational issues facing the industry. They are reviewed and revised on a regular basis to reflect the latest technologies and industry trends.

Recommended Practices reviewed and revised in 2022:

Recommended Practices to be reviewed in 2023:

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January 4, 2023

Join Our Free 2023 Tank Savvy Webinar Series

Happy New Year! We’re excited to launch our 2023 UST webinar series. Join us every Friday for conversational talks with Ben Thomas and other UST professionals around the country. Also look for a guest speaker and tank savvy topic each month this year.

FRIDAYS 2023

Virtual Tank Savvy Talk with Ben

Most Every Friday, 10 -11 AM Pacific Time
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Meet Tank experts. Build you network of UST professionals. Share and learn about UST compliance. Drop in for this weekly 60-minute live video chat on Zoom with UST Training’s Ben Thomas and hear about what’s going on with USTs nationwide. It’s free! Watch and chat from any computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and mic. No experience required.
We want you to:
Get comfy with video conferencing,
Feel connected by chatting with your peers,
Ask questions about UST management,
Share your concerns and successes UST Compliance.
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JANUARY 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 24, 2023, 10:00 to 11:00 AM PST
Register today

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.

FEBRUARY 2023

Create an Effective UST Compliance Program
FREE Webinar
February 8, 2023, 10-11 AM Pacific Time
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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

March 2023

Stay tuned for more great speakers and topics!

January 3, 2023

A Small Dedicated Company with a Big National Reach

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on previous accomplishments as well as plan future goals. Here at UST Training, as the name implies, we strive to be the nation’s best provider of online Class A/B and C UST operator training. Being literally first in the industry, we’ve trained more operators and more states for longer than any other third party provider.

See the “Class A/B” map above.

Green. We are currently approved in 31 states for Class A/B UST operator training. Plus we offer Class A/B for Indian Country UST operators as well as Texas Class A/B in Hindi.

Yellow: In 2023 we plan to get approved and offer Class A/B training in the remaining states that permit third party vendors.

Orange: We’d love to provide Class A/B training in those states but cannot due to various restrictions. However we do link to the best option available in each of these states, even if they are not ours.

Bulk Purchases

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January 2, 2023

Large Scale Class C UST Operator Training Solution: License from Us

  • Have a large number of Class C UST operators?
  • Have a large geographic area to cover training?
  • Frustrated with high turnover rates?
  • Have your own in-house company training program?

License our software and and save time, money and effort using our nationally recognized Fueling Station Safety for Class C UST Operators course.

Benefits

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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
Register today

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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