Maryland Class C Operator
State UST Operator Training Regulation
COMAR 26.10.16. Trained Facility Operators
August 8, 2012
Frequency Of Training
Initial only unless State requires retraining for non-compliant facilities
Timing Of Class C Training
Class C operator is trained and certified before assuming duties and responsibilities of this class
Requirements Of Class C Training
By Maryland requirements, a Class C operator shall have the knowledge, skills, and training to execute duties that shall include:
- Controlling and monitoring the dispensing or sale of a regulated substance;
- Immediately responding to alarms, equipment failures, or other indications of emergencies caused by a release or spill from an UST system;
- Notifying a Class A or a Class B operator, appropriate emergency response personnel, and the Department in accordance with the written instructions provided by the owner as set forth in Regulation .03B(3) of this chapter;
- Successfully completing operator training required by this chapter and approved by the Department; and
- Being available to respond to a suspected or confirmed release, unusual operating conditions, emergencies, and equipment failures at a regulated substance storage facility by meeting the following requirements:
- For an attended facility, be on-site and readily available whenever the facility is operating; or
- For an unattended facility:
- Be immediately accessible for consultation by telephone with emergency response personnel or the Department; and
- Be on-site within 2 hours of a request to respond to the facility by emergency response personnel or the Department or within a time approved by the Department.
A Class C operator certification shall be facility-specific and is not valid at another regulated substance storage facility. The Maryland Class C UST Operator Facility Checklist is attached to this training course to document the site-specific training of each Class C Operator.
This course provides the Class C UST Operator the training needed to know how to respond to emergency conditions at underground storage tank (UST) facilities. The Class C operator is an employee and is, generally, the first line of response to events indicating emergency conditions. This individual is responsible for responding to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills or releases from underground storage tank systems. This individual notifies the Class B or Class A operator and appropriate emergency responders when necessary. Not all employees of the facility are necessarily Class C operators. This Class C operator individual typically: Controls or monitors the dispensing or sale of regulated substances, or Is responsible for initial response to alarms or releases. Our Class C Operator Course and Certification provides training on the following:
- Introduction to a generic UST facility including the major fuel system components and emergency equipment
- The roles and responsibilities of the Class A, B and C Operators.
- Site-specific emergency procedures development
- Emergency contact procedures
- Safety awareness for employees and customers
- Overfill prevention
- Monitoring of the UST facility
- Fire safety and introduction to fire extinguishers
- Alarm panel recognition and response procedures
- Fuel spill containment and cleanup
At the end of the course, a 10 question exam is administered and you will be required to answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be certified. When you pass the exam, you will be presented with a certificate documenting your training.