Digital SPCC Plan Templates

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What is the SPCC Regulation and what is an SPCC Plan?

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulation is part of the US federal law for the prevention and mitigation of oil spills in navigable waters or shorelines. SPCC rules require the implementation of certified SPCC plans by owners or operators of qualified facilities containing storage for petroleum and oil products. SPCC plans can be self-certified following specific requirements.

This article will briefly (1) define what qualified facilities are and which tier they belong to; (2) discuss the goals of an SPCC plan; (3) present technology to help implement an SPCC plan and achieve compliance with the SPCC rule; and (4) present free digital SPCC plan templates you can use for free.

Qualified Facilities: Two Tiers

Determining a facility’s qualification and SPCC tier depends on its history of oil spills to navigable waters for the past 3 years and its aboveground oil storage capacity. Here are the two SPCC tiers and their criteria:

Tier 1

  • A facility that is near water, with a total aboveground oil storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or less, and no individual aboveground oil container with a capacity greater than 5,000 gallons.
  • No single oil spill larger than 1,000 gallons to nearby water.
  • No two spills within a 12-month period exceeding 42 gallons each to nearby water.

Tier 2

  • A facility that is near water, with a total aboveground oil storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or less, and stores oil or oil products in individual aboveground oil container with a capacity greater than 5,000 gallons.
  • No single oil spill larger than 1,000 gallons to nearby water.
  • No two spills within a 12-month period exceeding 42 gallons each to nearby water.

Qualified tier 1 and tier 2 facilities can use the corresponding SPCC plan template to build their own SPCC plan, which can then be used for self-certification. For facilities with more than 10,000 gallons aboveground capacity or those located in states that do not allow self-certification, their SPCC plan will need to be certified by a professional engineer.

Goals of SPCC Plans

Regardless of the tier, SPCC plans aim to provide procedures that can help qualified facilities achieve these 3 goals in compliance with SPCC rules.

#1. Prevent oil spills

Personnel in the facility should be trained on the proper handling of oil and the correct use of equipment in order to prevent oil discharge. Aboveground storage tanks and equipment should be periodically inspected using the corresponding checklist to ensure that they are in good working condition to handle oil and oil products.

#2. Prevent a spill from reaching navigable waters

The facility should be able to prevent a discharge from reaching nearby water through equipment or structures such as dikes, retention ponds, booms, or an equivalent containment system that can hold oil in the event of a spill. Proactively inspect equipment and structures to ensure that they are able to prevent spills from reaching navigable waters and that immediate action is taken if a spill is found.

#3. Mitigating the effects of a spill in navigable waters

The facility’s communication system should be able to immediately notify the national response center (1-800-424-8802 or 1-202-426-2675) and other parties such as cleanup contractors in the event of a spill reaching nearby water. Use an oil containment checklist to make sure procedure is followed for the containment and cleanup of an oil spill.

Technology for Creating and Implementing an SPCC Plan

iAuditor, the world’s most powerful mobile inspection app, can help operators and facility owners check and maintain their facility’s compliance with SPCC regulations and prevent spills from reaching navigable waters and shorelines. Using iAuditor, they can:

  • Take unlimited photos of issues using mobile devices while checking for SPCC compliance
  • Proactively address issues by assigning urgent corrective action and receive live updates on tasks assigned
  • Coordinate and schedule routine inspections
  • Share and receive inspection reports via PDF document or weblink
  • Customize checklist templates to fit the type of inspections being conducted in the facility
  • Organize and comply with ISO recordkeeping requirements (3 and 5 years) and easily access reports via mobile device or desktop
  • Use data collected to improve processes and maintain SPCC compliance