Working in a waste treatment facility is akin to working in a daycare. Workers get sick more often when they first start, building up immunity the longer they work. While precautions are taken, the fact is that biohazards in waste treatment cannot be completely removed. Focus instead on mitigation and proper insurance coverage to deal with worst-case scenarios.
Treat for Aerosolized Hazards
The primary method of contamination is through inhaled airborne particles. There are many ways to reduce these hazards, such as:
- Planting trees around the basin.
- Using finer bubbles and diffused aeration instead of mechanical.
- Installing ultraviolet lights to disinfect the air.
- Using biodegradable oil to cover the basin.
- Using water spray to tamp down wastewater.
The more you invest in mitigation, the less your workers will miss work or need workers’ compensation.
Plan for Direct Contact
Your employees know that part of their job is unpleasant. When work calls for direct contact with wastewater, make sure they are prepared. Train on the proper use of PPE and do an annual fitting. With the popularity of beards, it’s important to make sure your employees know that PPE will not fit properly over excessive facial hair.
Provide a safe place for equipment removal and train on proper decontamination procedures. All the PPE does no good if employees remove it and dispose of it incorrectly.
Planning for these two hazards keeps employees healthy and your business secure.