Without the proper safety protocols, one of the most dangerous places to be is inside of a wastewater treatment system facility. That said, with the right safety measures in place – and actually enforced by the plant manager – it can be safe for employees, visitors and others.
It is true the governments implement a wide array of regulations to ensure maximum security and safety. However, it is up to the plant manager to make certain that these procedures are abided by so that staff members can go to work and leave without sustaining injuries.Moreover, plant managers need to prevent health hazards from posing a danger to the public.
Suffice to say, attempting to incorporate the right safety standards and adopting the mandates established by the state can be a daunting task. How can you remain safe and secure?
Here are five tips for staying safe at a wastewater treatment system facility:
1. The Right Clothing & Equipment
Wastewater treatment facilities are wet and it is easy to slip and fall if you’re not careful enough. One of the best ways to prevent these slip and fall injuries is to actually wear the right clothing and sport protective equipment. This consists of heavy-duty boots, helmets, jeans and whatever else the plant recommends or demands for all of their employees.
2. How to Manage Tour Groups
If there is one destination that attracts a lot of tour groups it is the local wastewater treatment system facility. Whether it is school groups, community associations or governmental conferences, these facilities often receive tour groups. Why? The reasons are endless.
That said, you need to ensure that they are safe during their visit.
You can accomplish this by having a couple of staff members dedicated to leading these tour groups. You should also provide them with the necessary clothing and equipment to handle the facility’s environment. You must prevent these individuals from getting too close to open pits.
3. Identifying the Unique Hazards
Every wastewater treatment system facility has its own unique set of hazards. It is your job to determine what yours are. Once you have produced a list of potential hazards as well as concerns, you need to come up with a game plan to limit any outbreaks from these hazards.
4. Listening to Your Superiors at All Times
Following orders is one part of the job at any wastewater treatment system facility. Your boss has a boss, their boss has a boss and their boss’s boss has a boss. They all create new orders, new regulations and new demands. It is your job to ensure that you follow through on these requests.
Accountability is key in these environments, and the best way to stay accountability is to abide by any rules that are outlined to you.
5. Understanding the Importance of Maintenance
Like any other industrial atmosphere, maintenance is the most important part. Without any maintenance whatsoever, you risk injuring yourself, hurting others and even minimizing the lifespan of any equipment or technology. Moving forward, if you really want to enhance the safety of your plant, you should adopt even greater maintenance routines.
By performing these tasks, you amplify the safety of yourself, your team and the public.
In order to protect a city, town or community, your need to properly treat wastewater by eradicating contaminants. You already know the ins and outs of this job like the back of your hand. But what you may be neglecting is the overall safety of the treatment plant because you and your colleagues are too focused on the job at hand, especially with all of the rain we have had in the past couple of months. Indeed, don’t focus just on the wastewater, but your safety, too.