When your job is cleaning up waste and then making sure it is disposed of in the correct way, your name is present on a lot of government officials list. It is essential to make sure that the water which reaches peoples’ household is safe and also that the people working to achieve that task are safe in their work environment. All the hazardous substances they surround themselves with at a Wastewater Treatment plant should not take a toll on the workers’ bodies and a lot of safety measures and precautions are needed to make sure that it doesn’t damage them irreversibly. Here’s 10 safety tips to be followed:
A plant needs non-slip surfaces on all catwalks to ensure that people walking around do not fall in the treatment units. Traction taping can be done on surfaces too and all employees should be instructed to wear non-slip footwear.
Rescue systems activated!
People working at a treatment plant should be always prepared for any emergency. If someone falls into a vat at some point of time, rescue hooks and floatation devices should be present to handle these situations.
Personal hygiene needs to be maintained
It is important for all the employees to understand that their health is of utmost importance and maintain personal hygiene by washing hands with anti-bacterial soap, keep all cuts and abrasions covered and keeping work clothes away from home.
Fire safety needs to be addressed
All guidelines mentioned under NFPA must be followed to the wire. A treatment plant is always prone to fire hazards and measures should be taken keeping that in mind.
Vaccinations for employees from their side
Vaccines aren’t mandatory under any code for employees in treatment plants. But it is generally a good practice to have your employees consult their personal physicians about safety measures to follow.
Dealing with tour groups
Serious work happens in a wastewater treatment plant but regardless of that, they get requests for most people to accommodate small groups for a tour. When this happens, a few employees should be trained to handle such situations and keeping visitors away from danger.
Confined spaces entry must be followed
The OSHA has certain guidelines mentioned to be followed to provide restricted entry even for employees at certain spaces in a plant. Barricading and warning signs must be used to enforce this.
Proper planning of services
All pipes and services in the plant should be planned and labeled well. Employees doing repair work should be equipped with necessary tools and safety gear.
Maintenance is must
All equipment must be regularly maintained in a plant. Failure in any equipment means improper functioning of the plant and maintenance prevents that.
Chemical Storage and handling
Chemicals are critical in the wastewater handling business. Storing of chemicals must be to the lower side so that the risk is minimized as well. Emergency equipment in case of a mishap are a must as well.