After April 1, 2018, petroleum mechanics and site operators applying to renew their certification under the Certification of Petroleum Mechanics Regulation must have completed a one-time authorized upgrade training program.
Effective October 1, 2017, the TSSA adopted a new Liquid Fuels Handling Code for the first time in 10 years. The Code applies to facilities in Ontario where gasoline, other petroleum products and any other liquid product used as a fuel is handled, loaded or dispensed to be used as a fuel in motor vehicles or as a fuel oil. The new Code contains important updates in the following sections, among others:
- single-wall steel tanks and piping;
- suction systems;
- venting and vapour recovery;
- containment; and
- environmental assessments.
To ensure that all certificate holders are current on the changes to the Code, the TSSA issued a Director’s Requirement on October 1, 2017 which requires certificate holders applying to renew after April 1, 2018 to provide proof that they have successfully completed an authorized upgrade training program on these changes to the Code. The TSSA will mail each certificate holder a letter reminding them of this requirement 60 days in advance of their renewal date.
The Director will refuse to renew the certificate of anyone who has not completed this training. Without a certificate, a petroleum mechanic cannot install, repair, service or remove equipment at a liquid fuels handling facility, and a site operator cannot even perform minor site maintenance.
With April 1, 2018 fast approaching, certificate holders should make arrangements to complete this one-time course to avoid any issues at renewal time. A list of authorized providers can be found here by selecting the “Petroleum Mechanic Upgrade” category.