SWPPP Training

Is SWPPP Training required?

Yes. SWPPPs require BMPs. Minimum BMPs require the proper training of employees and staff involved with the site as necessary.

What topics should be covered in SWPPP Training?

SWPPP Training should typically cover the following topics:

  • Appropriate Spill Containment and Cleanup Procedures
  • Appropriate procedures for long-term storage or disposal of equipment and vehicles, such as draining all fluids
  • Basic Stormwater Runoff Principles
  • Basic Stormwater Management Principles (minimizing exposure)
  • Discharge Control Measures
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Inspection
  • Labeling Storm Drains
    • Maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Planning
    • Proper Materials Management
  • Proper Materials Storage
  • Reporting

SWPPP training should include the location of your spill cleanup kits and a schedule for training employee spill reduction, prevention, response, and cleanup.

Why is SWPPP Training required?

To avoid violations, it is imperative to properly train and educate all members of the facility’s Pollution Prevention Team.

Who is SWPPP Training for?

SWPPP training is required for all members of the site’s designated Pollution Prevention Team.

When and how often should SWPPP Training be conducted?

The EPA recommends that SWPPP Training be conducted as necessary or at least annually.

Also, SWPPP Training should be timely done for any new applicable employee or staff.

Whom should be conducting the SWPPP Training?

The Discharger is responsible for proper SWPPP Training.

If the discharger exceeds NAL (Numeric Action Levels), they may reach Level 1 Status or Level 2 Status.

If the discharger reaches at least Level 1 Status, they are required to use a Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP).

Among other tasks such as ERA (Exceedance Response Action) reporting, the QISP would be responsible for SWPPP training the appropriate Pollution Prevention Team members.