Protecting Yourself and Others During COVID-19:
A Guide for Septic System Professionals
Pumper Magazine has published a list of suggested procedures for septic system professionals to follow to ensure the safety of themselves and others. This list includes the following:
1. Septic system professionals should be provided proper personal protective equipment and hand-washing facilities/waterless sanitizers.
2. Workers should avoid touching their face, mouth, eyes, nose, and open sores and cuts.
3. Workers should avoid chewing gum or tobacco while handling sewage.
4. Workers should wash their hands with soap and water or use waterless sanitizers immediately after removing PPE.
The following are recommended for workers handling human waste or sewage:
Googles to protect eyes from splashed of human waste.
Protective face mask or splash proof face shield to protect nose and mouth from splashes/aerosolization of human waste or sewage.
Liquid-repellent coveralls to keep human waste or sewage off clothing.
Waterproof gloves to prevent exposure to human waste or sewage.
Rubber boots to prevent exposure to human waste or sewage.
See the full article here.
Below is a list of suggested procedures for drivers in the wastewater industry, provided by Portable Services, Inc.
1. Drivers should wear a hard hat with full face shield and gloves when servicing units.
2. Dirty uniforms must be placed in a trash bag at end of a shift to be cleaned by Portable Services, Inc.'s uniform cleaning company.
3. Boots are to be left in the warehouse and sprayed down with a disinfectant at the end of each shift.
4. All trucks should be pressure washed with a bleach mixture at the end of each day. Gloves should be kept in the tool box on the side of truck and not in the cab.
5. Inside of trucks and gloves must be wiped down with disinfectant at the end of each day.
6. Drivers should have two pair of gloves; one for servicing units and one for servicing sinks and sanitizer stations. Gloves should be stored
7. Drivers should have two wands; one for portable restrooms and one for sinks. Those are to be kept separate to ensure no cross contamination occurs.