|(a) Training. Operator training must fulfill the training
requirements described for each class of operator in §334.602
of this title (relating to Designation and Training of Classes of
Operators). The following is a list of acceptable approaches to meet
the operator training requirements.
(1) Acceptable training for Class A and Class B operators.
Class A and Class B operators must complete a Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved operator training course or
process that includes the information listed in §334.602(b)(1)
or (2) of this title, respectively. Courses or processes may include
in-person or on-line training performed by, contracted for, or approved
by the TCEQ, and must include an evaluation of operator knowledge
through testing, practical demonstration, or other tools deemed acceptable
by the TCEQ. In order for a non-contracted provider to be approved
by the agency, the provider of a training course or process must be
sponsored by an association or industry organization recognized nationwide
or statewide with regard to its affiliation with regulated petroleum
underground storage tank (UST) systems. All providers will also be
required to provide training documentation, including on-going maintenance
of records of certified operators. Those records will be required
to be accessible to the agency on an on-going basis.
(2) Acceptable training for Class C operators.
(A) Class B operators must provide training or ensure
that the UST facility's Class C operators otherwise complete training
in emergency procedures that includes the information listed in §334.602(b)(3)
of this title. Class C operator training programs may include in-class,
hands-on, on-line, or any other training format deemed acceptable
by the Class B operator.
(B) Class A and Class B operators must ensure that
site-specific emergency procedures are maintained in an easily accessible
location at the UST facility which is immediately available to the
Class C operator, and that site-specific notices that include the
location of emergency shut-off devices and appropriate emergency contact
telephone numbers are posted in a prominent area at the UST facility
that is easily visible to the Class C operator. For the purposes of
this subsection, the phrase "easily accessible location"
means located in a place and manner that allows a Class C operator
quick and immediate access to site-specific emergency procedures.
(b) Certification. Operators are considered certified
operators after successfully completing one of the training processes
listed in subsection (a) of this section.
(1) Class A and Class B operators. Approved training
providers must provide verification to all Class A and Class B operators
who have successfully completed training, in the form of a written
or printable electronic training certificate stating the classification
and the date it was obtained. Owners and operators must ensure that
training certificates are maintained at each facility, with copies
of initial or new certificates provided to the TCEQ at the time that
annual self-certification is required for that facility.
(2) Class C operators. A designated Class B operator
for a given facility must provide the facility owner or operator with
signed and dated written verification in the form of a list of all
Class C operators who have been trained for that facility, which includes
the date of that training. Owners and operators must ensure that a
current and correct list of trained Class C operators is maintained
at each facility.