Safety First: Essential Health Precautions for Sewage Cleanup

When talking about sewage cleanups, most people wouldn’t know where to start when considering health precautions other than gloves, masks, and perhaps respirators, but it’s a lot more involved than that. Although the average home or business owner wouldn’t clean up anything other than a minor seepage, it’s a good idea to know the health precautions just in case. The team at Aftercare has compiled a short list covering the most basic precautions, that we, as professionals take, and should be regarded as the bare minimum for any sewage cleanup

Safety Tips for Working in Sewage

  • Hand Washing –Thoroughly washing hands with soap and water after contact with sewage or human waste.
  • Goggles – To protect eyes from splashing or unexpected spills from height
  • Waterproof Gloves – Should be worn at all times, especially if the worker has any open abrasions on their hands
  • Liquid Repellent Overalls – Another seemingly obvious, essential to prevent sewage from splashing onto regular clothing
  • Rubber Boots – Again, provide an effective barrier against splashes and spills and also protects from waste on the ground

As previously mentioned, the chances of a regular householder or business owner having to use all of the above is rare, but taking precautions in the event of even a seemingly minor spill is best practice for health and safety.

Sewage Cleanup Training

It should go without saying, but every person tasked with sewage cleanup should undergo appropriate training. As well as waste handling training, the worker should have also received instructions regarding safe PPE disposal and be aware of symptoms that may indicate exposure to harmful bacteria.  

Vaccinations

One thing that many people outside of the sewage cleanup sector might not be aware of is the need for vaccinations. Sewage and other forms of human waste can harbor potentially deadly bacteria, so getting the right vaccinations is essential. Some standard vaccinations for those exposed to sewage include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, polio, and typhoid fever. 

Although the above for employees would be covered by the cleanup company itself, it’s still important to be aware of the consequences of overlooking any safety precautions.

Professional Assistance 

Our advice would be to call the professionals for anything other than a very minor sewage leak which perhaps a plumber could rectify. For more significant leakages that could present a severe health risk, calling in a team that has the necessary equipment, PPE, and training is definitely the only option. A DIY approach to sewage cleanup could have potentially disastrous effects, both in terms of the integrity of the building and, more importantly, health.  

If you would like to learn more about the capabilities of Aftercare to effectively carry out sewage cleanup, please get in touch. You may not need our services today, but you may need them in the future, so be sure to add our contact details to your address book.