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Evoqua's OSHA Certified Dive Team

By Michael Stock

At Evoqua, we are committed to the safety of our employees and making sure that they are safe on the job, which is why our dive team is OSHA certified. You might be asking, "What is OSHA certification, and what does it entail?" Read on to find out more...

What is OSHA?

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was created as a part of The Occupational Safety and Health Act. The act was created in 1970 because of the workplace injury and death epidemic. In 1970, approximately 14,000 workers were killed on the job (about 38 every day).

The OSHA Act states that employers are legally responsible for providing workers with a safe work environment.The act sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA standards:

  • provide fall protection
  • prevent trenching cave-ins
  • put guards on machines
  • provide respirators or other safety equipment
  • ensure the safety of workers who enter confined spaces
  • prevent exposure to infectious diseases and harmful substances like asbestos and lead
  • provide training for certain dangerous jobs


OSHA Certification

The training that our dive team completes would fall under that final bullet point: "provide training for certain dangerous jobs." This type of training is provided by the OSHA Training Institute (OTI). The OSHA Training Institute works with 27 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers throughout the United States to provide thousands of people (like our dive team) with courses on OSHA standards.

 

Evoqua Divers - 30 Hours to Certification

Each member of our dive team is OSHA 30 certified, which means they have completed a 30-hour OSHA training course. Evoqua has certified trainers in the EH&S (environmental health & safety) group that perform the training.

Our dive team's safety training doesn't end there. Each time our dive team visits a site, that site often has its own safety program‚Äč that they insist our crews go through. These safety programs include specifics about the particular plant and can take anywhere from a few hours to a full week (in the case of nuclear power plant training) to complete.

 

Evoqua's Commitment to Safety

At Evoqua, we value our employees and their safety while on the job. We will not compromise on accident and injury prevention or environmental protection compliance for profit or production. In order to help us meet this standard we adhere to certain environmental health and safety guiding principles including:

  • All employees have the right and responsibility  to immediately halt and report unsafe or non-compliant equipment, acts or practices.
  • We strive for continuous improvement in all aspects of our safety and environmental compliance program - training, implementation and motivation.

To see all of our guiding principles and learn more about our commitment to safety, visit our website.

 

Just as OSHA has certain recommendations when it comes to workplace health and safety, our experts have certain recommendations when it comes to water intake system maintenance.

Download our Intake System Maintenance Checklist to find out some of the quick checks our experts recommend adding to your maintenance routine.

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