Tips for Wastewater Workers

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Tips for Wastewater Workers

27 February 2015
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

Wastewater treatment profession can be one of the most hazardous fields there is. A manager at a treatment facility, like Econocycle, holds a huge responsibility. Not only are they supposed to protect their employees from the health hazards, but they are also responsible for the general public. If you are a worker of one of these treatment plants or a manager, then you need to keep yourself safe. Here are some safeguards you need to put into account.

Atmospheric Hazards

Water treatment plants also have the risk of toxic atmospheric air especially where waste residues are processed. The natural decomposition of the wastes combined with the treatment it undergoes leads to the production of toxic gases like hydrogen sulphide and methane. Wear gas detection equipment and gasmasks to remain safe. Fixed, well-calibrated gas detection equipment around the facility also goes a long way in enhancing safety.

Be Cautious in Confined Spaces

One of the greatest hazards in a water treatment plant is confined spaces. Storage tanks, trenches, manholes and pipelines are potentially deadly environments and you need to identify any dangers when working in them. Trenches can collapse when not properly dug and cause injury or death. Use fall protection equipment when dealing with deep manholes. Atmospheric hazards are much more dangerous in such confined spaces and gases can exist in toxic levels due to the naturally poor ventilation.

Proper pre-planning

Planning for emergencies in advance can save a lot of property and lives. The plant should know how to deal with dangers such as explosions, fire and chemical releases. Panic and chaos accompanied after an emergency only makes the situation worse. Test the current plans you have and occasionally update them especially when they involve the interaction of different groups or departments in the plant.

Prevent Electrocution

Energizing circuits in water treatment equipment needs to be properly serviced. This equipment can lead to electrocution during repair so create a "Lock Out/Tag Out" procedure. This involves locking out the breaker and motor starters when the equipment is being worked on. This prevents the equipment from accidentally starting. Also lock out valves when processing tanks to prevent any accidental flooding that may occur.

On Site Washing

Do not wear any soiled clothing and you need to constantly wash them to get rid of contaminants. Clothing that you wear needs to be washed on site. It is not advisable to carry your clothes home as this can be a leeway for pathogens to escape to other family members.

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