Hughs Mechanical

A/B Operator Inspections

A/B Operator Inspections​

Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment is a renowned company dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of customer service to each and every client.
Our comprehensive range of services encompasses Class A and B Operator Services, specifically designed for clients seeking the expertise of external specialists to oversee their underground storage tanks (USTs). With our UST Operator Services, clients can benefit from meticulously prepared Documentation and Regulatory Records, Monthly Inspection Checklists, Operator Response Guidelines, and thorough training of Class C Operators. Our team of Certified A/B Specialists ensures that all facilities’ UST Operator Records are meticulously organized in a binder and undergo monthly site inspections.
The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, along with the amendments to the UST Regulations effective May 31, 2012, mandate operator training. All UST owners/operators are required to designate at least one certified Class A, B, and C Operator for each underground storage facility by August 8, 2012. Clients have the option to utilize subcontractors to act as their Class A and B operators, who will subsequently
provide the necessary training to Class C operators. Rest assured, Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment is certified in your state to serve as your reliable Class A and B Operator. This recent Energy Act ensures that all UST operators possess the expertise to adhere to UST compliance rules, thereby mitigating the risk of environmental releases.
Under the new regulations, UST operators are categorized into three distinct roles based on their respective job responsibilities: Class A, B, and C Operators. At Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment, we take great pride in offering services tailored to each category, which are outlined as follows:
Under the new regulations, UST operators are categorized into three distinct roles based on their respective job responsibilities: Class A, B, and C Operators. At Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment, we take great pride in offering services tailored to each category, which are outlined as follows:
Class A Operator
In general, the Class A operator has the primary responsibility to operate and maintain the UST system. Their focus is on the broader aspects of regulatory requirements and standards. The Class A operator would ensure that the appropriate individuals are assigned and trained to properly operate and maintain the UST system, maintain appropriate records, and properly respond to emergencies such as spills or releases.
The Class A operator should have general knowledge, so that they can make informed decisions regarding compliance and ensure the operation and maintenance tasks are properly completed. Test topic areas include:
• Spill prevention
• Overfill prevention
• Release detection
• Emergency response
• Release reporting
• Secondary containment
• Notification requirements
Class B Operator
The Class B Operator assumes crucial responsibilities in overseeing the daily operations and implementing the necessary requirements and standards at the facility. Their role entails ensuring compliance on a day-to-day basis. With the exception of unmanned facilities, it is mandatory for the Class B Operator to be physically present at the site at least once a month. This presence allows them to verify the completion of all essential operational and maintenance tasks.
A Class B Operator possesses an extensive knowledge and expertise in all facets of tank system operations and maintenance. Their comprehensive understanding encompasses the following key areas:
• Knowing tank system components and the materials of which they are constructed.
• Knowledge of how to implement release detection methods.
• Knowledge of operation and maintenance requirements, including:
• Spill prevention
• Overfill prevention
• Release detection
• Corrosion protection
• Emergency response
• Product compatibility
Class C Operator
The Class C operator(s) assumes a critical role as the on-site presence, providing daily oversight and serving as the initial responder in handling emergencies and alarms related to spills or releases. Their responsibilities also encompass conducting daily walk-through inspections. Typically, the Class C operator is an employee responsible for controlling or monitoring the dispensing or sale of products.
To ensure the Class C operator’s competency, it is essential that they receive training from a certified Class A or Class B operator. The training equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively respond to emergencies and adhere to appropriate protocols.
Facilities have the flexibility to designate as many Class C operators as deemed necessary to comply with the requirements. However, it is mandatory to have at least one Class C operator (or an A or B operator) present on-site while the tank system is operational, except in the case of unmanned facilities.
While a formal examination is not mandatory for Class C operator certification, it is imperative that they undergo comprehensive training in emergency response procedures provided by a certified Class A or B Operator. This ensures their preparedness and ability to effectively manage critical situations.
What if I do not sell fuel to the public? Does this make a difference?
No. All facilities having at least 1 active regulated UST must have at least one Class A, Class B, and Class C operator designated for that facility.
Why is Operator Training required?
Federal law mandated this new requirement. The US Energy Policy Act (Energy Act) signed by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005 requires all States that receive federal grant money for their UST programs to ensure that all operators of UST systems demonstrate competency on how to comply with UST rules so environmental releases can be prevented.
When must Operators be trained?
If you are a current UST operator, training must be completed before August 8, 2012. After August 8, 2012, Class A and Class B Operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming operation and maintenance responsibilities for the UST system. Class C Operators must be trained before assuming responsibility for responding to emergencies.
Do the Class A and/or B operator have to be on site all the time?
No. The Class A and/or B do not have to be on site at all times; however, there must be a Class C operator on site during all hours of operation unless the facility has been designated as an unmanned facility. However, in the case of an unmanned facility, a Class C Operator must be available at all times to respond immediately to calls from the facility and must be capable of reaching the facility within 60 minutes.

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