If your company operates in the industrial sector, you are likely required to have both a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan in place.
In the state of Texas, SWPPP plans are required for compliance purposes as part of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES). Also, an SPCC plan is required by federal regulations from the EPA.
However, having these plans in place is only one of the many requirements from TPDES and the EPA. You must also conduct SWPPP and SPCC training programs each year.
Why Schedule SWPPP and SPCC Training?
Scheduling training on an annual basis offers many benefits for your business. Consider the following three key advantages.
1. Ensure Compliance
The most notable benefit of SWPPP and SPCC training is that it helps ensure environmental compliance. Failing to comply with TPDES/EPA requirements can result in major consequences for your business.
For one, neglecting to book your training will result in you falling out of compliance. As such, you risk losing your permit.
A lack of compliance can also lead to fines, which can quickly add up and hurt your standing with state regulatory organizations. Multiple violations could make it difficult for your company to obtain permits in the future.
2. Protect Employees
It is vital that employees know what to do in the event of a spill. Having SWPPP and SPCC plans in place is a significant first step, but you cannot expect your team to respond appropriately under stress if they are never properly trained on these procedures. If your staff is unprepared, the risk of accidents or injuries increases greatly.
SPCC training helps reduce the risk of staff injuries in the event of a spill. Your staff will be able to respond quickly and efficiently, and such a quick response can also reduce the impact of a spill. In turn, this will reduce the overall costs of cleanup and minimize your overhead expenses.
3. Preserve the Company’s Image
Suppose that a spill was to occur at your facility. Let’s also assume that the spill impacts a nearby waterway in this scenario. If you conducted your required SWPPP and SPCC training, your team would respond appropriately and protect all at-risk natural resources.
But what will the response look like if you neglect to book the required training? Naturally, your team’s response will not be very effective. And what happens when state officials realize that you were out of compliance? What about when word of this gets out to the general public?
You will face major fines, and your company’s reputation could be tarnished. Undoing that damage could take months, if not years.
Book Your Training with RSB Environmental
You must conduct regular SWPPP training if your company has a TPDES permit. Otherwise, you will fall out of compliance, leading to incurring fines or losing your permit altogether. In summary:
- Failing to schedule SWPPP training can endanger your staff.
- A lack of training can increase the risk of a spill and have negative impacts on the environment.
- If a spill occurs, your brand and company image could suffer.
The good news is that you can avoid these consequences by partnering with RSB Environmental.
- We offer on-site SWPPP and SPCC training, which makes booking your training easy and convenient.
- We can provide training in both English and Spanish.
- We offer team training options so your entire staff can attend one session.
Plus, if you are already one of our monthly clients, we can provide SWPPP and SPCC training as part of our CHESS program.
Want to learn more or book your session? Contact us today for more information.