SWPPP Inspections and Record Keeping at General Industrial Facilities
Basic training for general industrial stormwater discharge (SWPPP) requirements at permitted facilities
Many industrial facilities throughout the U.S. are required to obtain a general industrial stormwater discharge permit, and develop and maintain a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). If this applies to your facility, certain employees are required, under federal and state guidelines, to receive SWPPP-specific training at least annually. A lot of money goes in to providing the SWPPP, but when it comes to the facility personnel actually knowing what do with the SWPPP, and when to do it, something gets lost in translation.
Typically, training is required for newly-hired employees responsible for implementing and/or complying with stormwater discharge permit requirements prior to performing those responsibilities; and refresher training is required for those employees at a minimum of every twelve (12) months following their initial training
Usually the following individuals are required to receive training:
- Employee(s) overseeing implementation of, revising, and amending the SWPPP
- Employee(s) performing installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of stormwater Best Management Practices
- Employee(s) who work in areas of industrial activity subject to the permit
- Employee(s) who conduct stormwater discharge monitoring required by the permit
This training will help facility employees by explaining the basic requirements of an SWPPP and how to document their work. After passing one or more brief exams, the employee receiving the training will be issued a Certificate of Completion that can be printed and kept with the SWPPP to demonstrate the employee training was provided.
Note: Not all states have the same permit requirements. Because many states have differing requirements, this training is most applicable to facilities located in Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Kansas; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Mexico; New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington DC; Wisconsin; and all territories except for the US Virgin Islands
Joe is a licensed Professional Geologist in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. He has successfully guided environmental compliance, assessment, and remediation projects and programs for several nationwide industrial clients, for the U.S. Navy, for major energy and retail petroleum firms, for utility providers, and others. His professional experience includes extensive work in conducting and managing site assessments and remediation; performing Due Diligence & Environmental Site Assessments; and managing stormwater and fuel-related environmental compliance programs.
Mr. Fuhr is a past President of the Florida Association of Professional Geologists and served on the FAPG Executive Committee for many years.
M.S. Geology, 1988, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
B.S. Geology, 1985, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS