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Are 55-gallon drums included in SPCC Plans?

by Doug

Learn whether 55-gallon drums are included in a SPCC Plan.

A question we see frequently is are 55-gallon drums included in an SPCC Plan? It's a simple enough question, with a simple enough answer. This is a vital thing to understand, because by having just two dozen 55-gallon drums of oil or petroleum product on-site, you meet the need for an SPCC Plan.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Training

SPCC Training vs Stormwater Training – What's the difference?

by Doug

Training on your environmental permits & approvals is often required to stay in compliance. Failure to train can cost you in fines, penalties, and violations, and endanger your employees because they won't understand what to do, how to act, or how to treat an emergency. Here we discuss why two key training areas often incorrectly get combined, and why you should never mistake these as the same thing.

One of my staff members just finished up an SPCC Training workshop recently. We had a large client in a room, and we went over, in detail, their SPCC Plan, what it is, why they need one, the works. At the end of the day, one of their guys thanked us for helping to kill two birds with one stone, and we really helped their staff a lot. Confused, my guy asked what he meant.

"Well we just got SPCC training. That covers stormwater training for our permit, right? We don't need to train again, do we?"

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, SPCC Training, Stormwater Training, Environmental Speaking & Training, Environmental Compliance Training

The Top 10 Things To Do During Your SPCC Plan Monthly Inspections

by Doug

If you have an SPCC Plan, regardless of which type, you need to do monthly inspections. And, you need to keep records of the inspections. Here we discuss the top 10 things to do, look for, or pay attention to when you conduct your monthly inspections.

We do a ton of SPCC Plans, and if there's one area that everyone seems to struggle with, it's the ongoing monthly inspections. We've heard every excuse in the book, from I don't have the time, to it's confusing, to nothing every changes, so why even do them?

It just seems that so many people get hung up on doing the actual inspections. What gives?

The inspection sheet we give our clients as part of their SPCC Plans is a one page, double sided list of target areas that we've seen as usually needing inspecting at facilities. The list is short, and it shouldn't take a lot of time to do, because we think monthly inspections should be short and sweet, and because you've probably got other more important things to be doing.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Training

How much does SPCC training cost?

by Doug

We discuss factors that go into the SPCC training costs.

SPCC Training is an often overlooked aspect of many companies training programs. I've never figured out why, but many people brush it off as common sense. For some people, hiring an outside SPCC expert to conduct training is their best bet. Here we discuss what goes into the price or cost of SPCC training, and what you can expect to pay for SPCC training.

For some reason, our phones have been ringing off the hook with people looking for environmental training. What's going on? Is the EPA knocking down doors looking for proof of training?

When it comes to SPCC training, we get a bunch of questions on the topic. What does training include? How long is it? What do you cover? And, the most commont question, how much does SPCC training cost?

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Training, Environmental Speaking & Training

Do I need to do annual SPCC Training?

by Doug

We explain whether or not you need to do annual SPCC training.

Last week I did a 5 year review for a client's SPCC plans. Everything looked great. The site hasn't changed, no spills, great monthly inspections. There were some new personnel on site which needed to be added to the plan, but other than that it was a breeze!

Expect... they weren't doing annual SPCC training at all! The new head honcho decided that training once, 5 years ago, was all his employees needed. I asked him what he did for new employees. They did nothing. He said "I don't have time to train my staff. Besides, this stuff is all common sense."

Not only is that the wrong attitude to take when it comes to keeping your staff safe, and your facility free from mishaps due to neglect, it could get you in trouble. No, this stuff is not always common sense, and yes, you need to be conducting annual SPCC training at your operation.

It's a vital to keep your staff knowledgeable of what happens in an emergency, how to react, who the call, what to do, and keeps them safe. Yes it may be common sense to some, but it's not a guarantee. It's also absolutely required to happen at least once annually, and not conducting training will get you some hefty violations from the USEPA.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Training, Environmental Speaking & Training