Class 1 facility—Minimum criteria for certification programs.

(1) The Class 1 facility oil spill prevention certification program must address all key supervisory and operations personnel identified pursuant to WAC 173-180-510.
(2) The Class 1 facility must develop and maintain written certification procedures, including:
(a) Minimum competency requirements to achieve certification;
(b) The process to develop and test competency in key supervisory and operations personnel;
(c) The process to issue and track certificates; and
(d) Policies regarding loss or lack of certified status.
(3) The Class 1 facility must maintain a written certificate or other record for supervisory and operations personnel which have met the facility's certification requirements. This record must document:
(a) The certified individual's name and position;
(b) Types and hours of training completed;
(c) Name of trainer;
(d) Results of performance tests and evaluations; and
(e) Signatures of the trainee and trainer.
(4) The Class 1 facility must keep copies of certification records at the facility in a central and accessible location for at least five years from the date of certification.
(5) The Class 1 facility certification program must incorporate methods to evaluate and confirm job competency, including:
(a) A written examination, or oral examination documented in writing, which tests general knowledge about training topics identified under WAC 173-180-510, with an appropriate passing score established by the facility;
(b) A practical evaluation of understanding and performance of routine and emergency operations specific to a position's job function, including:
(i) Observation of performance of each oil handling, transfer, storage, and monitoring duty assigned to a position prior to unsupervised performance of that duty; and
(ii) Practice exercises involving procedures to prevent a spill during abnormal operations events.
(6) The Class 1 facility's program must only provide for certification of an individual who has:
(a) Met the facility's oil spill prevention initial training requirements tied to the individual's position, as developed pursuant to WAC 173-180-510; and
(b) Passed a competency evaluation developed under subsection (5) of this section.
(7) Recertification of personnel must occur at least once every three years, based on:
(a) Successful completion of continuing education requirements; and
(b) Satisfactory performance in a reevaluation of competency as developed under subsection (5) of this section.
(8) All certified personnel must carry a proof of certification during oil transfer operations.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.46.160, 88.46.165, and chapter 90.56 RCW. WSR 06-20-034 (Order 06-02), § 173-180-520, filed 9/25/06, effective 10/26/06.]
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