National Water Hygiene Card

by Elizabeth Withington 14/07/2015 filed under Drilling

 

Geotechnical Engineering now have more than twenty staff who hold the National Water Hygiene Card, permitting them to work in restricted areas associated with water supply in the utility sector.

 

Their training has covered specific areas including:

 

  • The premise that water is a food product and the public expect their water supply to have been treated properly so that it does not cause health problems.
  • The importance of personal hygiene and identification of potential sources of contamination.
  • Awareness of potential for contamination. Includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the need for clean boots.
  • Vehicles need to be kept clean and tidy and tools need to be separated. Awareness of where the vehicle has been taken before entering a treatment works e.g. fields, sewage treatment works etc.
  • Multi-functional working - water and sewerage working is becoming common for some companies and the associated risks must be understood.
  • Fuel, diesel and chemical contamination - any of these getting into the water could have detrimental effects.
  • Pets could help to spread water borne diseases e.g. dogs, cats, horses etc - ensure that individuals do not wear the same footwear for work.
  • Chlorine/disinfection, both in the water itself and other usage i.e. how chlorine is used to wash boots, clean tools and in repairs, and the correct disposal of chlorine solution.
  • Awareness and usage surrounding approved products. The right substance for the job
  • Awareness of the sampling and audit processes in place by various bodies.

 

 

With many years’ experience in working in these sensitive environments Geotechnical Engineering is now ready to meet the rigorous requirements of an essential public service sector.




 
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