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DER-40 Operator Training (for Petroleum Bulk Storage Facilities), October 9, 2015

DEC UST Operator Training Page

Operator Training Guide (TankIQ)

In their recent revisions to petroleum bulk storage regulations, the DEC will require training and certification of operators at some UST (Underground Storage Tank) facilities. This training is not required for campuses with only heating oil for on-premises use stored in USTs; it is required for most other petroleum storage (e.g., motor vehicle fuel) in USTs.

In keeping with federal regulations, the DEC has set up three tiers of operators with different responsibilities:  Class A, B, and C. Operators and tank system owners must designate at least one Class A, Class B, and Class C Operator for each covered UST facility. One person may fulfill all of the roles of a Class A/B/C Operator at a single facility. At existing facilities, these operators will need to prepare for and successfully pass examinations for certification by October 11, 2016.  New facilities or facilities that have turn over in their operator personnel will need to designate and have certified personnel within 30 days.

Class A and B Operators must pass the DEC exam. DEC may also accept valid operator training verification issued by another state program or by a local government within New York State. Class A and B authorization does not expire unless revoked by DEC due to significant noncompliance with regulatory requirements.

The exam will be open book and must be completed within the allotted time (2 – 2.5 hours). Candidates will be able to answer exam questions based on information available in the Operator Training Guide (http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/remediation_hudson_pdf/tankiq.pdf) and the regulations, but exam questions will not directly mirror the Guide or regulatory language. Some questions will require critical thinking by the applicant.

Candidates seeking authorization:

  • exclusively as Class A Operators will need to answer approximately 65 questions (2 hrs);
  • exclusively as Class B Operators will need to answer approximately 50 questions (2 hrs); or
  • as combination Class A/B Operators will need to answer approximately 80 questions (2.5 hrs).

DEC will not charge for access to guidance materials or for taking the exam.  The exams will be offered online and in pen and paper sessions. 

 

Class A Operators have primary responsibility for operation and maintenance of the UST system. These operators typically manage resources and personnel to maintain compliance. Training for Class A Operators should help the operator make informed decisions regarding compliance with regulatory requirements.

Class A Operators must understand how tank systems work and know the related regulatory requirements with respect to:

Class B Operators have daily responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems. Training for Class B operators should provide an in-depth understanding of operation and maintenance aspects of UST systems.

Class B Operators have daily responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems. They must understand how tank systems work and know the related regulatory requirements with respect to:

Class C Operators are on-site employees who are generally the first line of response to actual or potential emergencies. The Class C Operator must be trained to take appropriate action in response to UST-related emergencies or alarms caused by spills or leaks from an UST system.

Class C Operators must be trained by a Class A or B Operator before they begin their assignment; their knowledge must be assessed, and the training must be documented, but a written exam is not required. C Operator training does not expire, but is good practice for the C Operator to periodically receive refresher training.

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