Safety for Water Treatment Professionals
Safety for Water Treatment Professionals
This post will review key safety considerations for water treatment professionals. It will also consider how to increase safety for technicians and treatment professionals by using ultra concentrated chemicals for water treatment needs. For more information on chemical water treatment options, revisit our Education Center.
Treating water is a required process in a variety of applications. Treatment is enhanced through the use of chemicals applied during processing, and thus carries an inherent risk to those tasked with handling the substances. Circumstances where water needs to be treated chemically for industrial or commercial purposes usually requires a professional technician or trained worker to maintain and monitor the treatment plan. It is important to maintain the systems to promote production efficiency in a facility, as well as ensuring the safety and well-being of employees, customers, and the surrounding community.
The professionals who maintain the equipment and ensure that chemicals are administered safely are an invaluable part of the water treatment process. Their expertise, adherence to safety protocols, and dedication to providing quality treatment results bring benefits to employers, equipment owners, and governments. The consequences of failing to follow safety protocols can be devastating and may last a lifetime. It is not only prudent, but an actual responsibility to employ the utmost consideration in chemical handling for the safety of all.
It is important to maintain the systems to promote production efficiency in a facility. Proper system maintenance ensures the safety and well-being of employees, customers, and the surrounding community. In many facilities, this maintenance includes keeping work areas safe, especially with regard to how chemicals are stored. Cumbersome 55-gallon drums filled with potentially toxic liquid are generally stored on the floor where they not only take up space but are subject to damage due to inattention or other human errors. Additionally, liquids are inherently heavy and difficult to handle so crushing injuries, spillage, or leaks resulting in chemical exposure may occur when moving or storing the drums. When empty, the drums are often required to be triple rinsed before disposal, which creates another exposure opportunity to treatment providers. Therefore, consideration must be paid to the steps that can be taken to mitigate the risk.
In water chemical treatments, the mixtures are often dangerous and highly toxic if contact is made with skin or eyes. Chlorine-based compounds, sodium bisulfate used to remove ozone after ozonation, or coagulants used at the start of the treatment process, like aluminum sulfate and ferric chloride, must be handled with extreme caution. The consequences of failing to follow safety protocols can be devastating and may last a lifetime. It is not only prudent, but an actual responsibility to employ the utmost consideration in chemical handling for the safety of all.
Increasing Safety with Ultra Concentrates
The chances of exposure to harmful chemicals are reduced when standard safety protocols are acknowledged and enforced. Using personal protective equipment, maintaining clean work areas and having emergency eye wash stations and showers are requirements in most treatment areas. However, accidents can still happen and exposure may occur, even when professionals follow safety requirements.
In order to truly maximize safety, some water treatment users update their water treatment program to consist of ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment. Using ultra concentrates allows for use of a small gallon-sized container instead of a 55 gallon drum. The elimination of the large drum allows for simpler handling and lower risk of accidental chemical exposure. When ultra concentrated liquids are dispensed with hands-free equipment, there is an opportunity for even lower risk of exposure. This all contributes to safer circumstances for water treatment providers.
By placing priority on the safety of water treatment professionals, asset owners create a safer environment for individuals and assets in proximity. Professionals who work diligently to maintain ideal water conditions should be empowered to work as safely as possible with minimized risk of personal injury and accidental harm. By proactively switching to an ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment solution, treatment rooms are made safer and easier to maintain while lowering risk of incident and injury from chemical contact.
Today, water treatment is now more safe and efficient thanks to ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment options. Similarly to the revolution that the laundry detergent industry faced, ultra concentrated water treatment options allow for smaller containers, less water wasted in pre-mixing, and more efficient use of chemical.
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