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


Your Instructor


Joseph Fuhr, P.G.
Joseph Fuhr, P.G.

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.

Credentials

M.S. Geology, 1988, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

B.S. Geology, 1985, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS


Course Curriculum


  Stormwater Compliance Training – a Guide for Facility Personnel
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  Section 1: The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
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  Section 2: Inspections
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  Section 3. Corrective Actions
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  Section 4. Annual Report and Record Keeping
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  Stormwater Onsite Inspector Quiz
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. However, the exam at the end of the course can only be taken once. If you would like to retake the exam in the future (for example, to update your annual training requirement) you will need to re-enroll for the course.
What happens if I don't pass the exam?
Unfortunately, once the exam is taken and the course is completed, we don't have the ability to reset the exam if it's failed. A new course will have to be purchased if you need to retake the exam.

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