We are thrilled to receive more positive feedback on our compliance training! Thanks to our wonderful #ECATTS clients in our government division for these comments: Read more
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We’re happy to announce the addition of our latest training program to our online catalog! This NEW UST Class C operator training has been reviewed and approved by the Washington, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class C operator certification in the District of Columbia, Florida and Georgia.For all other states, this course should only be used as a reference (and will not award certification). In many states (PA, VA, etc.) the only way to become Class C certified is to be trained by a certified Class A/B operator.
UST Class C Operator Training Program
In this program, you’ll learn important topics like:
Introduction to Class C Operators:
Class C operator responsibilities & certification
Operator requirements and training records
UST System Components:
What is an underground storage tank
The primary parts of a pump dispenser
Spill prevention equipment
Safeguard and emergency shut off devices
Spill and Overfill Prevention:
Main sources of UST releases
How to be prepared for an emergency
Correct filling practices
Common causes of spills and releases
What to do in case of an emergency
Spill containment materials
Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
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Having our company based out of Florida, we are all too familiar with hurricane season. But even for us, it’s helpful to have a reminder of the do’s and don’ts when preparing for a hurricane. With Dorian quickly approaching, we wanted to share this helpful checklist for your own hurricane prep, and tips to keep you and your family safe.
Pack a kit of basic supplies:
Remember to include at least a 3 day water supply per person (and pets, too).
Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation
Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food & a manual can opener
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Baby items (if applicable) – food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
Pet supplies (if applicable) – food, medications if needed, cage, leash, collar, tags, medical records
Flashlight & extra batteries
First aid kit
Phone numbers and medical contacts
Paper products – toilet paper, cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Prescription & non-prescription medications
Glasses and contact lense solution
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Extra clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
Matches in a waterproof container
Toiletries & personal hygiene items
If you need to evacuate, make an action plan in advance. If you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will accept them beforehand.
After the storm:
In the aftermath of a hurricane, remember these important safety rules:
Do NOT run a generator indoors – Carbon monoxide emissions are deadly.
Do NOT use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – Carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great.
Do NOT walk in flooded waters – Limit contact with flood water. Alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water.
Do NOT forget about your pets – They are part of your family.
Be ready before disaster strikes. Stay safe out there.
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Failing to comply with federal regulations regarding lead exposure leads to settlements and fines for multiple California companies. Don’t wait for violations like these to get your training! Stay safe. Stay in compliance.
Check out our Lead-Based Paint training curriculum now.
August 27, 2019
U.S. EPA settles with Southern California firms over lead-based paint hazards
LOS ANGELES – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced five lead-based paint enforcement actions—for a combined total of over $64,000 in settlements—in Southern California. These companies failed to comply with federal regulations requiring them to protect workers and the public from exposure to lead.
“Reducing childhood lead exposure and addressing associated health impacts is a top priority for EPA,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “These settlements protect Southern California communities by ensuring that lead paint rules and regulations are followed.”
EPA settled with the following companies for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):
Pacific Home Remodeling Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.): The company performed renovation work without EPA certification and without ensuring that the individuals doing the work were certified. These certification requirements protect and train workers to implement practices to protect residents from possible exposure to lead-based paint. Pacific Home Remodeling also did not contain waste from renovation activities and did not retain proper records, such as those ensuring that a certified renovator performed on-the-job training for workers and performed post-renovation cleaning verification. The firm agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.
Hartman Baldwin Inc.(Claremont, Calif.): The company failed to renew its EPA certification to do renovation work between 2015 and 2019. Hartman Baldwin also failed to post warning signs indicating the potential dangers present and did not retain proper records. The firm agreed to pay a $12,897 civil penalty.
Create RE Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.): The company performed renovation work without EPA certification, did not clean the work area of dust, debris and residue, and lacked the proper records demonstrating compliance with lead-safe work practices. The firm agreed to pay a $5,135 civil penalty.
Ameko APS Inc. (Pomona, Calif.): The company performed renovation work without EPA certification and failed to retain proper records. In addition, Ameko failed to provide clients with the “Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools” brochure about lead-safe work practices. The firm agreed to pay a $9,000 civil penalty.
EPA settled with McNamara Realty (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) for $32,000 for over 100 violations of TSCA’s Disclosure Rule. The company, among other things, failed to distribute the federal “Protect Your Family from Lead in your Home” brochure, provide lead warning statements, or disclose the potential presence of lead-based paint hazards.
In addition to the penalties, each company has made corrections to its operations, including becoming EPA-certified if not already certified.
Do you know the rules and regulations regarding Lead & Lead-Based Paint? Learn more about our 3 part LBP training:
Lead & Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Management (3 Modules)
You’ll learn important safety material such as:
Modern day products that contain lead
Lead laws and executive orders
How to detect lead-based paint
Precautions you should take when remodeling buildings that contain LBP
LBP abatement activities
Overview of proper LBP cleanup methods
Steps for removing LBP
Proper LBP waste disposal
Removal of structures containing LBP
How to become certified to perform LBP renovations
Proper procedures for safely removing LBP
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and LBP
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The practice of Environmental Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our societal needs are met without depleting or degrading our natural resources, now and for future generations. This responsibility means taking action. Action to educate ourselves, giving increased attention to environmental concerns, and providing incentives for businesses to assess their impacts. Mostly because maintaining a sustainable organization is linked to overall business success! Efficiency, brand value, reputation, staff motivation, lower waste costs and cutting energy will ultimately benefit the bottom line. And these are just some of the benefits. Let’s not forget that it’s good for the environment, too!
So, how do you start? Education is key to making smart choices that affect you, your business and your surroundings. With our Environmental Sustainability Course Pack, you’ll have access to all 4 courses and learn important information that can help introduce sustainability into your practices. Topics covered include:
Building the foundation for an organization-wide sustainability program
How sustainability enhances accomplishment of an organization’s mission
The three phases of sustainability
What are ISO 14000/14001 standards
EMS and sustainability
Review of recent executive orders (EOs)
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) models
Current sustainable environmental systems technologies
Establishing a strategic direction for an organization
Leadership’s role in creating a sustainable organization
Good business processes for developing sustainable programs
Or, you can take any one of these as individual courses.
Select a course to view details.
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Settlement made for Pennsylvania metal finishing company over Clean Water Act violations leads to $30,000 penalty and actions to correct noncompliance:
EPA settlement of pretreatment violations from Librandi’s Plating helps protect water quality of Susquehanna tributary
PHILADELPHIA (August 13, 2019) – Librandi’s Plating of Middletown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to settle Clean Water Act violations involving the discharge of pollutants to a collection system for a municipal wastewater treatment facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Librandi’s Plating will pay a $30,000 penalty and take corrective actions as part of the settlement.
According to EPA, the company violated regulations for facilities that discharge industrial waste to publicly-owned treatment plants. These facilities must comply with “pretreatment” limits and monitoring requirements before discharging industrial waste to municipal treatment facilities. Excessive industrial discharges may pass through or interfere with the operation of the treatment plants, which are generally designed to handle sewage and domestic waste.
Librandi’s Plating, an industrial metal finishing facility, has Clean Water Act discharge limitations and monitoring requirements allowing the facility to discharge treated industrial wastewater to a wastewater treatment facility near the Harrisburg Airport, which further treats the wastewater and eventually discharges to a tributary of the Susquehanna River.
According to EPA, the company’s discharge exceeded applicable limits for nickel, zinc, chromium and cyanide. EPA also alleged that the company failed to notify EPA after becoming aware of the violations, and did not repeat sampling as required by Clean Water Act regulations.
As part of the settlement, the company did not admit liability for the alleged violations, but has stated that it is now in compliance with applicable Clean Water Act requirements.
Maintain your compliance by getting the training you need to keep yourself and your company safe. View all of our available training courses now and stay clear from unwanted violations like these.
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Did you know August is National Water Quality Month? This makes now the perfect time to educate yourself on where your water comes from and how everyone can protect and preserve it. Keeping ourselves educated helps ensure that our water continues to be of high quality and free from contamination. Both the protection of our water resources and education are important goals of National Water Quality Month.
The majority of our water is regulated and safe to drink; however, we should be aware of what could potentially be in our local waterways contaminating the water. “According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), contaminated water could have higher concentrations of lead, atrazine, pathogens, chlorine, arsenic, nitrates, radioactive material, vinyl chloride, perchlorate, and pharmaceuticals.”
There are simple steps you can take to help protect your water on an everyday basis. Here are just a few:
Pick up after your pets: Animal waste contains harmful organisms like e. coli, salmonella, and giardia and can be washed into our waterways if not disposed of properly.
Use a car wash instead of washing at home: Washing your car at home can flush chemicals down storm drains that flow into our lakes and streams. Professional car washes are required to drain into sewer systems so that wastewater plants can treat the water before it’s re-used.
Use a trash can, NOT the drain: Avoid putting products like motor oil, medications, household cleaners, paints or paint cans, bug/pest repellants, pesticides, flea collars, and detergents down the drain. These toxic chemicals can reach our waterways if emptied down the drain.
Don’t overuse fertilizer/pesticides: Many fertilizers and pesticides contain hazardous chemicals that can seep into the soil and contaminate the groundwater.
Clean Up: It’s important to educate yourself and learn from others who care about our environment. Joining a community clean up can help with both!
And Did You Know?
Envicomply offers multiple training courses that can help you at home and on the job. Modules like Drinking Water Awareness, Stormwater (individual courses and multi-course packs), Wastewater Awareness, & Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Maintenance. Plus, many of our convenient contractor course packs include them too! Learn about important safety and compliance topics such as federal and state standards for public water systems, how to keep backflow from contaminating drinking water, water supply disinfection, presence of lead and copper in drinking water, wastewater management, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, storm drain inspection and maintenance, stormwater runoff and pollution, federal stormwater laws, stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPP), best management practices, penalties for non-compliance, and so much more.
Check out all of our water awareness training courses now!
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It is always great to hear such wonderful feedback regarding our military division, ECATTS. We always strive to provide the best training experience possible with Environmental Compliance Training, Made Easy.
Check out what our Navy customers have to say about their ECATTS training:
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“I appreciate that this can be done on any device with internet connection.”
“Outstanding, direct and to the point training.”
“[Y]ou cannot improve on perfection.”
“Training was concise and effective. It is good that the organization is being made aware of potential impact on the environment.”
“Very informative on subject matter.”
“The information was well put together and gave a clear picture of what is expected.”
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Thank YOU, Navy! Keep up the great work!
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We are happy to announce the addition of our newest UST Class A/B Operator Certification Training for the state of Florida! This 9 module certification curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class A/B operator certification in Florida.
In this training, you will learn critical compliance information required to perform your job as a certified UST Class A/B operator in the state of Florida. Module topics include:
UST Operator Training Requirements
State UST program requirements
Operator requirements and training records
Class A Operators
UST Class A and C operator responsibilities and training requirements
Retraining and documentation
Class B Operators
UST Class B and C operator responsibilities and training requirements
Retraining and documentation
Underground Storage Tanks
What an underground storage tank (UST) is
What tanks qualify as USTs
Spill and Overfill Prevention
Correct UST filling practices
Spill prevention requirements
Overfill protection devices
Ball float valves
Overfill prevention requirements
Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems & regulatory requirements
ATG leak tests that must be performed monthly
Inventory control & common problems
Secondary containment with interstitial monitoring
Interstitial monitoring devices
Under-dispenser containment (UDC)
Spill detection inspections
Corrosion protection requirements
Cathodic protection testing and recordkeeping
UST Financial Requirements
Who is responsible for demonstrating financial responsibility
What tanks are not covered by the financial responsibility requirements
How to demonstrate financial responsibility
Required dollar amount of financial responsibility
The required scope of coverage
When is coverage no longer necessary
Temporary and Permanent Tank Closure
Delivery prohibition programs
Closing a tank temporarily
Closing a tank permanently
UST release response
Requirements for reporting releases
Spill/leak interim & long-term actions
Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill