The environment that you work in as an owner or operator of a small water system is a workplace and, just like any other workplace, has safety considerations. Construction and maintenance of a system can be dangerous, and electrical and chemical hazards are common.
Looking Out for Yourself
Operators are required to work in potentially hazardous situations with tools, water, electricity, and chemicals. Working carefully is important to prevent injury. If you do not have the necessary training, skills, or personal protection equipment to complete a task, then call on a qualified person for help.
An operator often works alone and faces the possibility of being hurt and unable to get help. Develop a procedure for working alone that includes how you will get help from police, fire, or ambulance services in the event of an emergency.
Safety training may include, but is not limited to:
- first aid
- confined space entry
- electrical awareness
- chemical handling
- trench safety
- traffic control
Obtain and use personal protection equipment when it is required for operating duties.
The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of British Columbia is a good resource for information about workplace hazards.