Water Operator Training
Operating and maintaining a water treatment plant, small or large entails many duties and responsibilities. The state of Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division has certain expectations from water system Owners and Operators that fall under “The Safe Drinking Water Act”.
The Basic Water Works Operations course focuses on the relationship between safe drinking water and the important role played by water operators in maintaining both adequate and safe drinking water supplies. This requires predicting and preventing events and situations that can cause contamination and public health concerns.
During the course, participants receive an overview of Operator certification requirements, sampling and monitoring, O&M Manuals, Source protection plans, sanitary surveys, operating permits and operational duties of the water system owners or operators. This course outlines responsibilities of water system personnel and serves as a good refresher.
Permit Required Confined Space for Water and Wastewater Operators
Water and wastewater workers encounter many Permit Required Confined Spaces in water and wastewater systems.
This training session will educate and build awareness of the hazards of permit required confined spaces. Safety hazards associated with confined space such as atmospheric (Hydrogen Sulfide, Methane), mechanical and blood borne pathogens are unique for wastewater water collection system workers. Recognition of Permit Required Confined Spaces and knowing the proper protective equipment and procedures for entry into a permit required confined space will help keep workers safe. Having a rescue plan to extract workers without having to wait for rescue personnel is essential. This class is intended as a first time Permit Required Confined Space or as a refresher.
OSHA CFR 1910.146
Excavation and Trench Safety for Water and Wastewater Operators:
Water and Wastewater Operators face unique and dangerous situations when excavating a trench to repair water and wastewater lines. There are many different utilities in a trench which makes protection of workers difficult to accomplish. This class will educate workers on trench hazards and will also look at different options for protective systems. OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P