Class Operator Type Definitions

Who is a Class A Operator?

Class A operators may not be the person directly responsible for a task BUT they are ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. This will include:

  • Having a general knowledge of spill prevention, overfill prevention, release detection, corrosion protection, emergency response, release and suspected release reporting, product compatibility, documentation requirements for financial responsibility, notification requirements, and temporary/permanent closure requirements.
  • Managing resources and personnel
  • Establishing work assignments
  • Being able to make informed decisions

Class A operators also ensure the following tasks are completed in a way that achieves compliance

  • Appropriate individuals are trained
  • Proper operation and maintenance of the underground storage tank system
  • Appropriate records are maintained, you may want to keep copies of all records
  • All emergencies caused by releases or spills are responded to properly

Who is a Class B Operator?

A Class B operator is responsible for the day to day aspects of operating, maintaining, record keeping, and informing the proper persons when repairs or maintenance is needed. Typically they monitor, maintain, and ensure:

  • Release detection method, record keeping, and reporting requirements are met.
  • Release prevention equipment, record keeping, and reporting requirements are met.
  • All relevant equipment complies with performance standards.
  • Appropriate individuals are trained to properly respond to emergencies caused by releases or spills from underground storage tank systems at the facility.

Who is a Class C Operator?

Class C operators should know the appropriate procedures to follow if the following occur:

  • Alarms go off on UST monitoring equipment
  • A Dispenser is damaged and there is the possibility of a leak
  • A delivery driver has a spill or overfill
  • A visible release occurs or you notice signs that a release might have occurred
  • Leak detection equipment shuts down or slows down pumps
  • In case of an emergency you should be trained to shut off product flow

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