A sewage loss can be dangerous to first responders and building tenants if it is not handled correctly. CRS professionals are available 24/7 to help you properly mitigate your building and prevent any health hazards. CRS has complied helpful safety tips that every facility operator should follow when faced with a sewage loss:
Basic Hygiene Practices for Workers:
- Wash hands with soap and water immediately after handling human waste or sewage.
- Avoid touching face, mouth, eyes, nose, or any open sores and cuts while handling human waste or sewage.
- Removed soiled work clothes before eating.
- Eat in designated areas away from waste and sewage-handling activities.
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco or gum while handling waste or sewage.
- Keep open sores, cuts, and wounds covered with clean, dry bandages.
- Clean contaminated work clothing daily with 0.05% chlorine solution (1 part household bleach to 100 parts water).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
- Goggles: to protect eyes from splashes of waste or sewage.
- Protective face mask (e.g., surgical mask) or splash-proof face shield: to protect nose and mouth from splashes of waste or sewage.
- Liquid-repellent coveralls: to keep waste or sewage off clothing.
- Waterproof gloves: to prevent exposure to waste or sewage.
- Rubber boots: to prevent exposure to waste or sewage.
- Vaccination recommendations for workers exposed to sewage or human waste should be developed in consultation with local health authorities.
- Tetanus vaccinations should be up to date.
- Consideration also given to: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Typhoid fever.