Safe Practices for Water Utilities
As is the case in all industrial settings, safety is of paramount importance for drinking water utilities. This four-hour course is a concise presentation of a number of topics important for ensuring the safety of personnel working in drinking water treatment plants, distribution systems, and other facilities involved in the production of quality drinking water. Some of the topics are relevant to workers in general industrial settings (e.g., safety awareness, personal protective equipment, etc.). Other topics pertain specifically to the water industry (e.g., handling of gaseous chlorine and other water treatment chemicals, climbing elevated tanks, etc.).
The course consists of lecture, case studies, video presentations, and practical exercises dealing with nine important safety areas. Input will be encouraged from class participants and an emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to apply this information to their own utility work sites
- Safety Awareness and Safety Management Programs
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Chemical Safety (including hazardous materials and worker right-to-know)
- Electrical Safety
- Tool Safety
- Excavation and Trenching
- Climbing Elevated Tanks and Working on Reservoir Floating Covers
- Confined space safety
- Workplace Violence and Dealing with Dangerous Customers
Water operators along the Texas/Mexico border as well as small rural water utilities
Prerequisites & Other Information:
There are no prerequisites for this class
No tuition is charged.
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