Best Management Practices (BMPs) are an important and required part of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Don’t let BMPs be an afterthought. Here are five ways to reinforce them at your facility:
1. Regularly Training Employees
Ensure employees retain SWPPP requirements and BMPs through regular training. Reinforce BMPs when conducting other training programs, such as Hazard Communication Standard and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures. Repeat key points, like good housekeeping practices and proper spill containment techniques, often. Repeating formal classroom training annually to increase
retention and eliminate costly mistakes is also recommended.
2. Inject BMPs into the Company Culture
Reinforcing BMPs shouldn’t stop when training classes end. Include reminders and overviews of critical BMPs in company newsletters, weekly reports and on signage throughout the facility. BMPs become a part of daily routines and standard operating procedures when incorporated into the culture of the workplace. Involving everyone in stormwater pollution prevention also maximizes the potential for innovation and new ideas.
3. Set up a Pollution Prevention Team
No one really likes “extra” work, but you need a dedicated pollution prevention team to ensure that BMPs are utilized to their full potential. Teams can also help spread SWPPP awareness and provide ways to improve and implement training programs for increased effectiveness.
4. Frequently Update BMPs
SWPPPs and BMPs are best treated as living documents. As your facility expands, technologies change or new risks are discovered, it is important to take a look at your BMPs and make sure that you’re using the most effective practices. Even when your BMPs appear to be working well, you might find that regulations have changed and you need to adapt.
5. Leverage Knowledge of Suppliers
While the most effective BMPs are often the most simple, it is easy to overlook important aspects of preventing stormwater pollution. Experienced suppliers know federal and state requirements and have the products and services to meet them. Leverage their expertise to help your facility develop realistic BMPs and better comply with regulations.
Keep the above strategies in mind when implementing your SWPPP BMPs to better comply with the Clean Water Act.
You tell us: How do you reinforce SWPPP BMPs in your facility?