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Chemical Safety

Safety programs set forth by the employer in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations will be followed by employees. Check with your immediate supervisor if you are unsure of the safety requirements necessary to perform duties in this process area.
General Safety Precautions
  • Use safety lockout procedures for valves, slide gates, local disconnects, and mechanical equipment before working on any equipment.
  • Use lockout procedures when performing maintenance on any electrical or mechanical equipment prior to servicing.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid falls during entry and exit from basins. Grating and handrails may become slippery when wet due to condensation.
  • Practice meticulous personal hygiene when work requires contact with raw sewage.
  • Keep access hatches closed when not in use.
Process Specific Safety Precautions
The following precautions should be taken when working in the chemical feed area:

  • WARNING: Use proper protective gear when handling the chemical.
  • CAUTION: The chemical feed pumps are positive displacement type pumps. Prior to starting the pump, in any control mode, double-check all necessary valves on the pump suction and discharge lines to verify that they are open. A closed valve on the suction or discharge lines can result in pump or piping damage.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for chemicals to be used should be acquired from the chemical suppliers. Plant operating staff should maintain a MSDS file and become very familiar with handling and safety precautions. All chemicals can be harmful if mishandled. Material Safety Data Sheets are maintained on-file at the Operations Building or are available here:

  • Clean up all spills of water and chemicals to eliminate slippery floors. Chemicals are very corrosive to equipment, metal, and finishes and should be cleaned up and washed off if spilled.
  • All materials, tools, supplies, etc., must be stored properly. Be on the look out for tripping hazards.
  • Drain and flush all equipment with water prior to starting maintenance.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2013 9:25:48 AM
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