If you work in the facilities department for a hospital, university or industrial building, chances are high that you may be in charge of operating a pH neutralization system. As a licensed wastewater operator, it is your job to maintain the system and make sure that it is working properly.
A pH neutralization system works by adding acid or base (chemicals) to the wastewater collected from a building. The goal is to get the pH of the water to a safe level before it is discharged to the sewer system. Operating a pH neutralization system does not require much, however, it is in your best interest to prioritize safety. Here are a few practical tips on how to operate a pH neutralization system safely:
1.) Become Familiar with Your pH Levels.
Depending on the times of day when the tank fills up, your pH levels may vary. For example, if your building is a college laboratory, the system may only get water to it when there are students working in the lab. Monitor what is normal for your unique environment. If you notice that the system is dosing more chemical during certain hours, keep note of that. Knowing what levels your system operates at (and when) is a great way to be able to know when something is off.
2.) Make PPE a Priority.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an operator’s best friend. The person most at risk when operating a pH neutralization system is the operator. If that is you, make a habit out of wearing your PPE – even if you think it is unnecessary! The risk of getting chemical in your eye alone is worth the special attention to detail.
3.) Communicate Often!
Life happens. There will be times when you are not able to be on-site when an issue happens with the pH neutralization system, and that is OK. To ensure the safety of the person covering for you, make sure to communicate all of the details about the system. Things such as dosing patterns, who to call in case of an emergency, and where the PPE is located all make a difference.
4.) Preventative Maintenance – It’s Necessary.
It is very likely that pH neutralization systems are not the only systems that you are responsible for in your job. Preventative maintenance is a great way to stay on top of the systems in your facility. Using outside help, such as PAI’s own water and wastewater services team, can help keep you on track for regular system checks and upgrades.
5.) Safety Means Keeping a Clean Space.
It is easy to fall into a safety hazard in a messy environment. Make sure that the facilities room is kept as neat as realistically possible. Trip hazards, sharp objects and overflowing trash bins are small but serious concerns. A clean space is a safe space for all people involved – yourself, and any outside vendors.
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