The PASS UST Operations Clerk training course consists of seven primary chapters, which are summarized here. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz. Once a student has completed all chapters and quizzes (approximately 30 minutes), he or she will be directed to print out an Orientation Checklist. During the student's orientation tour of the facility, the student and the Compliance Manager will check off each item on the list as it is identified and explained. When the Orientation Checklist has been completed, the student may print his or her UST Operations Clerk certificate.
The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination.
CHAPTER 1 - FACILITY OVERVIEW
This chapter provides a basic overview of the primary components of a typical UST facility. These components include the USTs, manways, spill buckets, fuel dispensers, and dispenser nozzles.
CHAPTER 2 - SAFETY
This chapter covers safety information every Operations Clerk needs to respond to emergencies. Included here is a video explaining when and how to use a fire extinguisher. The Emergency Stop and All Stop buttons are identified and discussed.
CHAPTER 3 - ENVIRONMENTAL
In this chapter, students learn about sensitive receptors, or places where a fuel spill may leave the facility and enter the environment. The chapter also introduces students to the spill kit and its contents, and how to use spill kit components to contain spills threatening sensitive receptors like curb breaks and drains.
CHAPTER 4 - FUELING RULES
The focus of this chapter is fuel delivery safety. Students will watch a short video on proper fueling procedures. Students also learn about hazards at the fueling point, including smoking, static electricity, leaving a vehicle unattended while fueling, and leaving a vehicle running while fueling.
CHAPTER 5 - DELIVERY PROCEDURES
This chapter teaches the student how to supervise a fuel delivery and monitor for problems during a fuel delivery. Additional emphasis is placed on the ATG and on overfill prevention devices like overfill prevention valves and ball float valves. Delivery prohibitions are also addressed.
CHAPTER 6 - MONITORING
This chapter emphasizes the components used to monitor a UST facility. Students will learn what an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is and does, how to interpret its alarms and warnings, and what to do in case of an alarm. The role of line leak detectors is also discussed.
CHAPTER 7 - EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
This chapter discusses common emergency situations and proper responses to them, including what to do if a vehicle leaves the facility with the nozzle still in the vehicle's fuel spout. Managing customer traffic in the event of a spill is also covered. Correct fire extinguisher operation is reviewed.
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