Why Should You Attend:
Utilities have a myriad of hazards that must be mitigated on a continuous basis. There are physical, chemical, biological, and in some instance terrorist hazards and threats. Several utilities have dedicated safety personnel who take a leadership role in the organization’s safety and health program, but that is not always the case.
The liquid utility sector is a specialized group with a high level of exposure to hazardous environments and life threatening tasks. Wastewater and drinking water personnel have not been given the occupational safety training to the same degree as their private sector counterparts. However, the municipalities with state OSHA regulations must meet the same standards of 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926 as the privately own companies.
This webinar will explain hazards related to each treatment process including water, wastewater and stormwater treatment. It will also provide attendees’ tools that they need to protect themselves on a day to day basis.
Areas Covered in the Webinar:
- Basics of water treatment, wastewater treatment, and stormwater treatment
- Hazards related to each process of a water treatment facility
- PPE for drinking water and wastewater sector
- Screening facilities
- Physical processes
- Chemical process
- Gas chlorine
- Maintenance/Electrical (Both water and wastewater)
- Materials handling
- Machine guarding
- Process safety management (both water and wastewater)
- Walking and working surfaces (both water and wastewater)
- Hazards related to each process of a wastewater treatment facility
- Biological waste
- Nuclear waste
- Industrial waste
- Hazards related to collections and distribution systems
- Working in hot environments
- Emergency action plan
- Distracted driver
- Defensive driver
- Hazards related to construction in utilities
- Caught-in between
- Silica dust
- Hazards related to water and wastewater laboratories
- Hazard communication
- Bloodborne pathogens
- SDS Transition
- Basic understanding of homeland security concerns related to utilities
- Basic understanding of EPA risk management programs for utilities
- Risk management program compliance for handling highly hazardous chemicals
Who Will Benefit:
- Utility Directors
- Public Sector Underwriters and Insures
- Public Works Personnel
- Construction Foremen
- Laboratory Personnel
- Compliance and Safety Officers
- Regulatory Affair Personnel
Sheldon Primus, is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy. He has been in the environmental field since 1994 as an “A” licensed Wastewater Operator, Plant Superintendent of Operations and Maintenance, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator, Compliance and Safety Officer for a Special District of the State of Florida, and is an adjunct instructor for Florida Gateway College in the Environmental Science department. Additionally, he is a trainer for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, LA.
Additionally, Sheldon is an authorized OSHA General Industry and Construction trainer for the 10 and 30 hour Outreach program. He has created Spill Control Plans, Risk Management Plans for Chlorine gas, and has conducted numerous training for water, wastewater, industrial pretreatment, and distribution system operators and engineers.
Currently, Sheldon is the owner/CEO of Utility Compliance Inc. and its subsidiary OSHA Compliance Help a safety consulting, operator training, and a regulatory agency compliance assistance company based in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In this capacity, he creates Hazard Communication Plans, OSHA Compliance Mock Audits, Water and Wastewater Plant Operations and Maintenance training courses, and many other safety and training services. Sheldon is also part of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Water Sector Safety Committee and the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) taskforce on All Hazards Communication training for the Water and Wastewater Sector. Sheldon is currently under contract with Elsevier Publishing to write a wastewater math resource book, set for a Fall 2015 release.
Workers in the liquid utility field have been plagued with amputations, struck-by, and caught-in between injuries. State OSHA programs has recorded 367 inspections of drinking water plant (SIC code 4941) through planned, follow-up, referral, and complaint inspections in a one year period. While wastewater plants (SIC code 4952) had 233 inspections in the same time period. Drinking Water Plants have been cited a total sum of $94,478 from the period of October 2012 to September 2013 (https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.naics?p_esize=&p_state=FEFederal&p_naics=221310). Wastewater Plant has been cited a total sum of $29,728 in the same period(https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.naics?p_esize=&p_state=FEFederal&p_naics=221320).
However, the citations are only a small portion of the “cost” of an accident. Utilizing OSHA’s Safety Pays online calculator just one amputation at a 3% profit margin would cost the utility $133,074 in direct and indirect costs. The utility would have to generate $4,435,800 million to offset that total cost (https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/safetypays/estimator.html). Those funds come from the local community in the form of their utility rate.