Roles & Responsibilities

A person may perform the responsibilities of a Class A Operator, or a Class B Operator, or both. Many individuals perform both the Class A and Class B roles. In other words one person wears both hats. At other facilities one individual performs only the Class A role and a second person performs the Class B role. The two charts below explain the responsibilities of these two roles.

Class A Operator

Manage resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments to achieve and maintain compliance with regulations. This includes:

1.             Ensuring that appropriate individuals properly operate and maintain the UST system

2.             Maintain appropriate records

3.             Receive training to operate and maintain a UST system and keep records

4.             Properly respond to emergencies or alarms relating to spills, leaks or releases from the UST system

5.             Make financial responsibility documents available to Department of Commerce authorized personnel when requested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Focus

The primary focus of the Class A Operator is on the theory of managing a UST systems. This includes developing the programs and processes Class B Operators implement to manage a UST system.

 

 

Examples

Individuals who may need or desire to complete training and certification for a Class A Operator include:

         Corporate executive responsible for managing the health, safety and environmental issues of the organization

         Company health, safety and environmental managers

         Maintenance supervisors

         Outsourced service contractors.

 

Class B Operator

Ensure all of the following:

1.             All requirements for release prevention equipment, recordkeeping and reporting are met.

2.             All relevant equipment complies with performance standards.

3.             Appropriate individuals are trained to properly respond to emergencies or alarms relating to spills, leaks or releases from the UST system.

4.             All Class C operators are provided written instructions for:

a.             Emergency response procedures including:

i.                 Procedures for overfill protection during delivery of regulated substances.

ii.              Operation of emergency shut-off systems.

iii.           Appropriate responses to all alarms.

iv.          Reporting of leaks, spills and releases.

v.             Any site-specific emergency procedures.

b.             The name and other information needed for contacting appropriate parties if a leak, spill, release or alarm occurs.

5.             A Class C operator is present during all operating hours of the UST system except under the following conditions:

a.             During hours when the UST facility is unattended a sign is posted in a conspicuous place that provides emergency shutoff procedures and the name, address and telephone number of the Class B operator, along with the name and telephone number of the local emergency responders, including 911 personnel.

 

Primary Focus

The primary focus of the Class B Operator is on the

practices of managing a UST system. This includes implementing the programs and processes developed by the Class A Operator.

 

 

 

Examples

Individuals who may need or desire to complete training and certification for the Class B Operator include:

         Company health, safety and environmental coordinators

         Maintenance supervisors

         Field operations personnel

         Facility managers

         Outsourced service contractors.