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Working With Sewage. Introduction Are you at risk? Protecting yourself If you become ill. Sewage. Work activities may bring you into contact with sewage products These products may make you ill Illness is usually mild gastroenteritis There is a risk of developing a more serious disease

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Working with sewage

Working With Sewage

  • Introduction

  • Are you at risk?

  • Protecting yourself

  • If you become ill

Jane Hallett 2002


Sewage

Sewage

  • Work activities may bring you into contact with sewage products

  • These products may make you ill

  • Illness is usually mild gastroenteritis

  • There is a risk of developing a more serious disease

  • Most illnesses go unreported

Jane Hallett 2002


Sewage1

You could become ill by coming into contact with micro-organisms present in the sewage -

Bacteria

Viruses

Parasites

Sewage

Jane Hallett 2002


What are the health risks

What are the health risks?

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis)

  • Hepatitis

  • Asthma

  • Skin/Eye infections

  • inflammation of the lungs

Jane Hallett 2002


How you become infected

eating, drinking, smoking, wiping the face with contaminated gloves

cuts, scratches or wounds and some organisms enter the body through the eyes

either as dust or mist

Hand-to-mouth contact

Skin contact

Breathing

How you become infected

Jane Hallett 2002


Are you at risk

Are you at risk?

  • On site at a water treatment works

  • On a site with a high rat population

  • On a site near portable toilets

  • On a site near fresh water

  • Handling sewage equipment in the works

Jane Hallett 2002


Are you at risk1

Animal urine - particularly rats

All freshwater courses

Dead animals - small rodents & birds

Soil where animals have been

Most likely in warm weather

Are you at risk?

Jane Hallett 2002


Protecting yourself

Protecting yourself

  • Understand the risks

  • Understand how you may be infected

  • Wear protective clothing

  • Avoid sewage if possible

  • Apply good personal hygiene

  • Cleanse all wounds & cover

  • Change out of contaminated clothing

  • Clean equipment & boots etc on site

Jane Hallett 2002


If you become ill

If you become ill

  • Report any flu-like illness or fever to your doctor

  • Report any persistent chest problems to your doctor

  • Report any illness to your employer

  • Tell your doctor you have been working with sewage

Jane Hallett 2002


Top risk occupations hobbies

Top Risk Occupations & Hobbies

  • Water Leisure Industry Workers

  • Agricultural Workers

  • Fishermen & Water Sports Enthusiasts

  • Plumbers

  • Construction Workers

  • Sewage Workers

  • Forestry/Countryside Workers

Jane Hallett 2002


Sewage recap

Sewage - recap

  • Most illnesses are mild

  • Most illnesses are caught through hand-to-mouth contact

  • If in doubt - see your doctor

Jane Hallett 2002


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