The water and wastewater sectors are mostly regulated by their own organizations because they are exempt from federal OSHA regulations. But utilities are responsible for more than delivering water and wastewater treatment services. They must provide a workplace that is free from known hazards.
Sound safety policy does more than keep your workforce free from harm. It keeps them around.
The Walking-Working Surfaces rule for General Industry (GI) has been a long time coming for regulators. There have been fall protection rules with vague or missing wording in the 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D standard ever since it was adopted in 1971.
The OSHA.gov website is one of the most powerful resource sites for the safety professional and business owner. I've used this site repeatedly to research, gain training material, and uncover regulatory agenda for years to come. Unfortunately, there are many people that are unaware of the wealth of information buried on this site. This blog post will uncover the top five features on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website that will save you thousands of dollars.
Crystalline silica has been linked to several medical conditions and even death to workers exposed to the dust. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica is a health concern for both the construction and plant personnel. This article will shed some light on the exposure possibilities for the wastewater and drinking water professions and how to protect yourself from this deadly dust.
Flushable wipes and related products have been a blight for wastewater collection systems and utilities in recent years.
The Risk Management Program (RMP) is a law created to protect the greater community from the accidental release of highly hazardous chemicals. Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7), there are requirements for the employer to have accident prevention plans for every facet of handling these chemical hazards.
The U.S. EPA has recently released a video tutorial that outlines all phases of emergency planning and response for the water and wastewater facilities. This article will introduce and give an outline to the new training from an insider’s point of view.
Wastewater collection systems are a series of pipes and water accumulation points known as lift stations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just released a new construction standard 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA.
The distribution system for water treatment has several hazards especially asbestos cement piping.
The utility sector mirrors what happens with the general industry and construction sectors throughout America.
Fall hazards are the number one killers in the construction field according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). In 2010, fatalities from falls to lower levels was 255 out of 264 recorded fall deaths.
Chlorination in all of its forms — gas, liquid, or solid — has been the primary way for treatment plants to disinfect the treated wastewater. The treatment plants that use gas chlorination must face federal regulatory oversight in the form of a Risk Management Program (RMP). Liquid chlorine plants trade in the regulatory oversight for a more expensive and less effective product. While chlorine in its solid form is good for small treatment facilities known as package plants (named for their mobility). However, ultraviolet (UV) technology is rapidly altering the landscape of disinfection throughout the industry.
The EPA’s Risk Management Program is a necessary but daunting regulation that imposes strict adherence and heavy consequences for non-compliance. These tips are designed to keep utilities safe in every sense.
Radioactive material in the environment often causes public concern or even panic. However, it is very common for wastewater treatment plants to have some radioactive material passing through the system. Radioactive material may occur naturally or through nuclear fission. Iodine-127 and Iodine-131 are the most common Iodine isotopes found in municipal biosolids, because it has a tendency to re-concentrate in the waste stream. This article will further explain the basic background of radioactive Iodine, its use, health risks, and its presence in the wastewater treatment plant.
Whether the name is the State Department of Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Water Quality, or some other name, the agency can strike fear in municipalities when they inspect the plant. It is not that most plants have something to hide or are discharging inferior water, but no one likes to be under the microscope. Let alone under the microscope of a regulatory agency with the power to fine the utility.
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals is a logical, comprehensive, and international approach.