Wastewater Facility Safety Precautions
At AshtonTucker, it’s our goal to provide your facility with high-quality water treatment equipment that gets the job done both safely and efficiently. Our technicians can offer years of expertise in everything from water testing to custom equipment.
We’re committed to safety within wastewater processing, and this means all employees in the facility taking some proper precautions. Here are a few of the most important.
Workers who regularly work with processing wastewater should be current on several immunizations, particularly tetanus-diphtheria and hepatitis. There’s also slight risk for water-borne pathogens to make contact with such employees, and if needed, other vaccinations could become necessary. If you’re unsure exactly what’s right for you, consult a doctor.
Regular hand-washing with anti-bacterial soap should be required at all wastewater facilities. Employees should wash thoroughly, and scrub under nails. This should be done before any eating, drinking or smoking, and after any use of the restroom or contact with even a mild contaminant.
Avoiding Direct Contact
Always avoid direct contact with wastewater, mostly involving the right protective clothing – we’ll get to this in our next section.
Employees must always wear rubber gloves, plus any additional required protective clothing. Clothing should be washed regularly to remove contaminants – it’s generally recommended that this washing be done on-site, as any contamination in the home could spread. It’s also recommended that wastewater employees shower at the end of shifts.
Be careful regarding employee safety around larger bodies of water, including extreme currents or any processing equipment. Make sure there are proper railings and safety guidelines posted in the workplace, and keep rescue buoys or throw bags on hand just in case there’s an accident.
Always be prepared in case of emergency, including topics like fires, explosions, floods, spills, chemical releases or other disasters. However unlikely these events are, being properly prepared is vital if one does take place. Occasionally test and update emergency plans, and keep employee emergency contact lists.
To learn more about wastewater facility safety, or to find out about our water processing equipment or other services, speak to the pros at AshtonTucker today.