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Stormwater Pollution Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Stormwater Pollution Prevention training course is compliant with EPA standards, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. This course contains sections on general knowledge and background regarding governing bodies and regulations; permits that are required and why; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs); best management practices (BMPs), and NOIs and NOTs.

State and local bodies oversee and regulate stormwater discharges from general construction activities through the Federal Construction General Permit (CGP). These discharges define the runoff of any pollutants into waters of the United States from areas where land disturbing activities (clearing, grading or excavation) occur or where construction materials or equipment are located. Complying with the conditions of this permit should lead to stormwater discharges that adhere to Federal water quality standards. Our training walks you through the CGP.
We will also discuss Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and the requirements for them. Next, we will learn about best management practices (BMPs), how to properly use and inspect them. Finally, we will cover Notice of Intent and Notice of Termination, when to file them and the requirements for them.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical evaluation as required by OSHA.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 40 CFR 122.26(a) – Stormwater Discharge
  • 40 CFR 122.26 (b)(14)(x) – Construction Considered Industrial Activity
  • 40 CFR 122.26(b)(15) – Small Construction Activity
  • 40 CFR 123.25(a)(9) – Requirements for Permitting
  • 33 U.S.C § 1251 et seq. – Clean Water Act
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    The successful implementation of a SWPPP and, therefore, the prevention of erosion, is best accomplished by ensuring everyone on site understands the controls and why they are being implemented. General contractors are responsible for providing their employees and sub-contractors with the appropriate training.
    Employees and subcontractors should be trained on at least the following:

    • Spill prevention and cleanup measures, including not dumping any material into storm drains or waterways
    • An understanding of the basic purpose of stormwater BMPs, including what BMPs are on-site, what they should look like, and how to avoid damaging them
    • Potential penalties associated with noncompliance

    When it comes to refresher training, the standard is very specific: employees must receive refresher trainings at least every three years to ensure they understand and follow the most current operating procedures. Employers may require refresher trainings take place more frequently, depending on input they receive from the employees involved in the operating process. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things

    Did You Know?

    Anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter can end up in the nearest body of water. (EPA)

    Stormwater Pollution Frequently Asked Questions

    What does SWPPP stand for?

    SWPPP stands for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. A SWPPP is required by the Construction General Permit and will help you prevent stormwater pollution. (EPA)

    When is a SWPPP required?

    A SWPPP is usually required for construction projects that disturb more than one acre of land. However, local or state regulations may vary, so check with your local permitting authority.

    What is an NOI?

    NOI stands for Notice of Intent. This alters the permitting authority (like the EPA) of an operator’s intent to be covered under the Construction General Permit. It usually contains basic information about the site and the proposed discharge.

    What is a Construction General Permit?

    A Construction General Permit (CGP) is issued under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and associated regulations for those areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. It authorizes the discharge of stormwater (and certain authorized non-stormwater discharges) from construction sites that disturb one acre or more of land (and from smaller sites that are part of a larger, common plan of development). CGPs require site operators to implement stormwater controls and develop a SWPPP.

    Why do we need to control stormwater runoff?

    As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can pick up sediment, debris, and chemicals, and transport them to rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. The sediment, turbidity, and other pollutants contained by these discharges contribute to aquatic ecosystem degradation, increased drinking water treatment costs, and impairment of the recreational use and aesthetic value of impacted waters.

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