water safety Articles

  • How data and analytics are keeping Philly’s water safe

    CH2M assisted Philadelphia to implement a Surveillance and Response System (SRS) demonstration project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Security Initiative. CH2M Global Director Smart Cities and Senior Technology Fellow Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M Deputy Director Intelligent Water Solutions and Senior ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Why Your Project Should Include Articulated Concrete Blocks

    During any construction project, large or small, planning for potential construction erosion is essential. Failing to take into consideration the possibility of erosion when planning a construction site will not only reduce the quality of the soil at the site, but it may also damage surrounding properties, harm the local environment and result in hefty fines and liability costs. To avoid the ...

  • Frostbite And Hypothermia Hazards

    Hypothermia and frostbite can be two of the serious consequences of working outdoors in winter weather. Hypothermia is a dangerous lowering of the body’s temperature by exposure to cold or wet conditions. Actually, the air temperature doesn’t have to be particularly low to cause hypothermia – just getting wet and chilled can do the same thing. Hypothermia can be fatal. ...


    By SafetySmart

  • ´More Stations. More Data. Better Forecasts.´ – the NYS Mesonet

    “More Stations. More Data. Better Forecasts.” – that’s the slogan of New York State Mesonet. The weather observation network consists of a total of 125 weather stations all over the state of New York and Lufft was selected as one of the vendors to support them in capturing the data. All 125 of the weathers stations have the standard instrumentation suite. Of those 125, 17 ...

  • Pioneering Primer from Plastics Pipe Institute

    With administrative offices located in Dallas, Texas, The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) is the major trade association representing all segments of the plastics piping industry. PPI members share a common interest in broadening awareness and creating opportunities that expand market share and extend the use of plastics pipe in all its many applications. As an association, PPI focuses ...


    By TRIC Tools Inc.

  • Icelandic experience with water safety plans

    The aim of this study was to investigate accumulated experience with water safety plans in one of the first countries to adopt systematic preventive management for drinking-water safety. Water utilities in Iceland have had a legal obligation since 1995 to implement a systematic preventive approach to secure safety of drinking water and protect public health. The water utilities responded by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Employee Safety

    Employee Safety The following is a summary of accidents that occurred and were documented by OSHA and city management. The average total cost for a common slip and fall accident is $41,000 and the average death reimbursement is $950,000 (NIOSH 2001 data): Multiple Deaths Caused by ...


    By GillTrading.com, Inc.

  • Lightning Safety

    How Lightning is Created.The conditions needed to produce lightning have been known for some time. However, exactly how lightning forms has never been verified so there is room for debate. Leading theories focus around separation of electric charge and generation of an electric field within a thunderstorm. Recent studies also indicate that ice, hail, and semi-frozen water drops known as graupel ...

  • Pesticide Safety

    Where I live, in eastern, northern, southeastern Pennsylvania (you figure it out), nights are beginning to chill. I've noticed this for two reasons. First, the temperature is dipping below 50. Second, insects have begun finding their way inside the house. We capture most of the little buggers and release them but sooner or later someone reaches for a pesticide. We've already dealt with fleas on ...


  • Safety Training and Environmental Safety for Workers

    Safety training is a necessary part of an employment environment since it helps workers to remain free from harm and injury while performing their duties in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that mandates, educates and enforces workplace safety practices for specific fields of employment. Employees typically learn how to safely ...


    By OSEA

  • Water safety plans: Resources to support implementation

    How to do it The WSP Manual (1) provides the point of departure for developing a WSP and includes useful tools and case studies to illustrate each step. To supplement the Manual, WSPortal (2) has been developed to provide an extensive range of practical tools, case studies and other reference materials to support WSP implementation in a range of circumstances. Peer-to-peer networks (3) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A strategic approach for Water Safety Plans implementation in Portugal

    Effective risk assessment and risk management approaches in public drinking water systems can benefit from a systematic process for hazards identification and effective management control based on the Water Safety Plan (WSP) concept. Good results from WSP development and implementation in a small number of Portuguese water utilities have shown that a more ambitious nationwide strategic approach ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water monitoring as a safety feature for nuclear desalination

    It is widely accepted that the general safety approach for nuclear facilities is valid for a Nuclear Desalination Plant (NDP), thus IAEA standards and guides are applicable. The coupling of a NDP should be designed with the safety objective of ensuring that it results in no adverse effect on the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) safety. The first objective (provisions of barriers) is complied with by the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Empowering rural communities: simple Water Safety Plans

    Every year 2800 deaths in Pacific island countries result from diarrhoea, and most are children under five years of age. These tragic diarrheal deaths are preventable as they are often linked to unsafe water, lack of proper sanitation facilities and poor hygienic practices. Effective preventive management through the framework of a drinking Water Safety Plan (WSP) is an efficient mechanism for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Are Dutch water safety institutions prepared for climate change?

    For the water sector, adapting to the effects of climate change is a highly complex issue. Due to its geographical position, The Netherlands is vulnerable to sea level rise, increasing river discharges and increasing salt intrusion. This paper deals with the question of to what extent the historically developed Dutch water safety institutions have the capacity to cope with the ‘new’ challenges of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Success or failure: demonstrating the effectiveness of a Water Safety Plan

    The Water Safety Plan (WSP) concept has become a globally recognised and accepted approach to drinking water supply management and operation. Many countries around the world are adopting this proactive, risk-based model for ensuring consistent confidence in drinking water safety, accessibility and affordability. While it is widely accepted that the WSP concept is an appropriate tool for ensuring ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Extending the water safety plan concept to the urban water cycle

    The urban water cycle (UWC) is often managed by several stakeholders dealing with specific components of the cycle such as water supply, wastewater systems and water bodies management. Therefore, risk management in the UWC benefits from an integrated approach to incorporate the interdependencies between elements. The water cycle safety plan (WCSP) provides a common risk management framework for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • QMRA and water safety management: review of application in drinking water systems

    Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA), the assessment of microbial risks when model inputs and estimated health impacts are explicitly quantified, is a valuable tool to support water safety plans (WSP). In this paper, research studies undertaken on the application of QMRA in drinking water systems were reviewed, highlighting their relevance for WSP. The important elements for practical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Safety expertise in extreme environments

    Emergency safety showers are the first line of defence in the event of chemical spills and accidents in industry and a wide range of products has evolved to accommodate specific hazards. Meeting the needs of companies operating in extreme environments can be particularly challenging for the specialist suppliers of this vital equipment. Workers in the oil and gas industry frequently face extreme ...


    By Hughes Safety Showers

  • Gas Safety in Confined Spaces

    Introduction An offshore worker ensures a vessel is safe to enter; a plant manager enters a small plant room; a contractor inspects the lining of a sewage pipe.  All these personnel face common dangers, despite working in widely different industries.  Gas-related injury poses a serious threat in any confined space where the free movement of air is limited. A confined space ...

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