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  • 001 - AWWA Safety First: Confined Spaces

    Confined spaces can become dangerous or even life-threatening in several ways. This video teaches employees the importance of following an entry permit system, how to identify a confined space and its possible dangers, proper ventilation techniques, and personal protective equipment.

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  • 003 - AWWA Safety First: Hot Work

    Cutting torches, arc welders, soldering irons, and grinders produce high electrical currents, flames, sparks, slag, hot fragments, smoke, ultraviolet rays, and toxic fumes. This training video explains the basics of working safely, including personal protective equipment, work area safety, toxic gases, and compressed gas safety.

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  • 004 - AWWA Safety First: Process Safety Management

    Process Safety Management training is required by OSHA to mitigate the chance of highly hazardous chemicals (toxic, reactive, or flammable) accidentally being released at a workplace. This DVD provides a systematic approach to evaluating the chemical hazards associated with water treatment processes. Any facility that uses, stores, manufactures or handles hazardous chemicals should have a comprehensive program integrating technologies, procedures, and management practices to prevent or minimize contamination or catastrophic occurrence.

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  • 005 - AWWA Safety First: Water Utility Security

    Proper security ensures the safety of utility employees and the public water supply. This video analyzes security issues at the treatment plant, at remote locations, and on construction or excavation job sites. Learn successful strategies for: preventing vandalism and theft, dealing with bomb threats, and disaster planning.

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  • 006 - AWWA Safety First: Hazardous Spill Containment and Cleanup

    Water treatment plants use chemicals for softening, coagulation, disinfection, scale and corrosion control, and taste-and-odor control. These chemicals have proven to be valuable tools, but they come with a risk. The effects of exposure range from mild to fatal. Containment and cleanup are critical in the event of a spill or leak. This program discusses many aspects of containment and cleanup, including hazardous chemical determination; Material Safety Data Sheets; personal protective equipment; safe transport, handling, and storage of hazardous chemicals; training of employees; emergency response; and followup to spill incidents.

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  • 007 - AWWA Water System Security: First Responders

    In a water system emergency a failure of first responders to work together can lead to a failure to resolve the crisis. This video describes communications and coordination procedures for first responders to a water emergency using the crisis management structure set out under the National Incident Management System.

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  • 008 - AWWA Emergency Planning for Water Utilities

    This documentary-style video is ideally suited for broadcast or use as a powerful public relations tool. Viewers will see dramatic, first-hand accounts of how water utilities across the country have survived and learned from catastrophic events. Includes dramatic disaster-site footage and testimonials from water utility professionals.

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  • 009 - AWWA Safety First: Heavy Equipment Yard Practices

    Almost every water and wastewater utility has a pipe yard containing pipe, fire hydrants, valves, and other heavy materials and equipment used every day. Safety must be stressed when employees are working around these potentially dangerous items, as well as around the forklifts and other equipment used to move them. Personal protection, lifting systems, chaining and slinging, storage, loading and unloading are covered in this program.

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  • 010 - AWWA Safety First: Laboratory Safety for Water Professionals

    Sharpen your staff’s laboratory safety skills. Perfect for both new employee orientation and continuing safety training, the video covers the handling and storage of chemicals, personal protective equipment, lab safety features, lab equipment, and safe lab procedures.

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  • 011 - AWWA Safety First: Seasonal Safety

    Utility field employees may work in weather ranging from unbearably hot to freezing cold. This video teaches employees how to protect themselves from heat stress illness, heat exhaustion, dehydration, hypothermia, and frostbite.

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  • 012 - AWWA Excavation Safety Set

    Excavation is one of the most dangerous work activities for water utility employees. These two programs on a single DVD show employees how to work safely on the excavation site. Program 1: Backhoe Safety provides essential safety training for employees who work on and around backhoes. It covers work-site preparation, traffic control, equipment checks, and proper use of backhoes while digging, backfilling, traveling, and carrying pipe. Program 2: Trenching and Shoring Techniques covers OSHA standards, protective equipment, shoring, sloping, shields, and ladders.

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  • 013 - AWWA Chlorine Safety

    When chlorine gas leaks, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Everyone at your utility needs to know what to do in the event of a chlorine leak. This DVD provides vitally important safety information for all utility employees. Topics covered include: Employee training, basic properties of chlorine liquid and gas, safety equipment for working with chlorine, transportation and storage, working with chlorine piping and feed equipment, emergency response, and basic first aid.

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  • 014 - Safety First: Indoor Crane Operation

    Do your employees know the four, ironclad rules of indoor crane safety: inspections, training, communication, and technique? If you’re not sure, show them Safety First: Indoor Crane Operation.

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  • 015 - Safety First: Workplace Hearing Loss

    Noise-induced hearing loss on the job is preventable, but once acquired, hearing loss is permanent and irreversible.This DVD provides an overview of the causes of work-related hearing loss and prevention. Viewers learn the specific types of damage to hearing caused by both a sudden intense noise and by chronic exposure to noise over time. The DVD also covers noise measurement, noise control, hearing tests, and hearing protection devices.

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  • 016 - Safety First: Respirator Safety

    Water utility employees may come in contact with airborne hazards like fumes, dusts, vapors, and gases, or they must enter oxygen-poor environments such as confined spaces. Do your employees fully understand when an air respirator may be necessary and which type of respirator will provide protection? This video tells your employees what they need to know about air respirators: different types of respirators used by water utilities, when to use each one for protection against various hazards, and how to use them properly.

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  • 017 - Safety First: Lockout/Tagout for Water Distribution

    Lockout/tagout is one of the most important safety procedures that water operators need to know. Needless injuries and deaths happen year after year, either because lockout/tagout was improperly performed, or because it was not communicated to all parties who should have known.This video provides a basic overview of lockout/tagout procedures, including why equipment must be locked and tagged when taken out of service, who performs the procedure, what materials and equipment are needed, notification, and record keeping.

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  • 018 - Safety Now: Dog Attacks

    Dog attacks on public utility field workers are reaching epidemic proportions. People in record numbers are buying dogs for protection. This is leading to increasing numbers of dog-attack incidents. This safety training video for water utility field workers teaches: what to do when you unexpectedly encounter a dog; how to read the dog’s behavior to tell if it’s friendly, scared, or angry; why dogs attack; how to protect yourself if you are menaced or attacked; what to do if you are bitten; and who can be held legally responsible for a dog attack.

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  • 019 - Ergonomics at Work

    Ergonomics, the science of designing and arranging work spaces and equipment for both efficiency and safety, is the subject of this three-program DVD. Office Ergonomics covers workstations, chairs, desks, computers, and wrist supports. Lifting and Back Strain explains correct lifting technique and back supports. Laboratory Ergonomics discusses use of microscopes, computers, and work habits to improve efficiency and reduce fatigue in the lab. Concise, practical, and loaded with information, this extra-value set will help all of your employees work more safely and comfortably.

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  • 020 - Safety First: Safe Handling of Water Treatment Chemicals

    Handling water treatment chemicals can be an extremely hazardous job. It is important to know how to properly handle these chemicals. This video looks at some of the most common water treatment chemicals and discusses how they are stored, proper personal protective equipment, and emergency procedures. 18 minutes.

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  • 021 - Mark Standifer's Electrical Safety Briefing

    With nearly 40 years of experience as an electrician, Mark Standifer delivers powerful seminars on the shock and burn hazards associated with electrical work. As a survivor of an arc flash incident, Mark knows the pain and suffering associated with electrical and arc flash injuries. In this live presentation, he stresses the importance of thinking about what we are doing and being aware of all shock and burn hazards when performing electrical job tasks. Mark also makes the point that we must always wear the PPE and FR rated clothing required by the NFPA 70E to protect ourselves from any mistakes that we may make. Viewers will also learn unforgettable lessons about electrical safety from stories about Mark’s incident and his friend’s electrocution. Topics include information found on arc flash/electrical hazard warning labels, the importance of wearing appropriate voltage rated gloves and FR rated clothing, the hazards of wearing cotton and synthetic clothing and why all jewelry must be removed when working on electrical equipment.

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  • 022 - Safety First: Protecting Against Bloodborne Pathogens

    This video provides a quick and effective way to train water utility employees on preventing occupational exposure to bloodborne diseases.
    Coverage includes:

    • What employers must do to comply with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Regulation
    • Dangerous diseases readily transmitted through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids
    • Employees at highest risk of exposure
    • Personal protective equipment for preventing transmission of bloodborne disease
    • Safety work practices for preventing either personal injury or contact with another person’s blood
    • Handling and disposing of blood and bodily fluids

    13 min.

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  • 023 - Utility Driver Safety

    Help employees avoid driving accidents. DVD includes three driver safety programs:

    Program 1: Snow and Ice. Winter driving techniques are demonstrated by the Bridgestone Winter Driving School of Colorado – common mistakes, tires and traction, braking, steering out of trouble, and handling heavy trucks. 20 min.

    Program 2: Road Rage and Dangerous Drivers. Give employees techniques to help them stay in control and avoid problems when encountering (or experiencing) road rage, and aggressive or careless drivers. 15 min.

    Program 3: Road Rules. When they are driving utility vehicles, employees must follow common safe driving rules. This program covers defensive driving, vehicle safety checks, and accident avoidance for large vehicles. 15 minutes.

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  • 024 - Safety First: Safety and Security Practices for Contractors

    Water utility managers need to make sure that outside contractors understand and will follow utility safety and security policies and procedures. This video discusses safety communications between utility management and outside contractors. The DVD provides key guidelines concerning the following subjects that a utility should follow and implement with each contractor:

    • Contractor safety records and background checks
    • Utility safety and security policies and procedures
    • Specificon-site hazards to be aware of
    • Utility safety features and equipment
    • Potential litigation issues
    • Contractor ID badges and sign-in/sign-out sheets

    20 minutes

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  • 025 - Safety First: Pipe Handling Safety for Field Crews

    Injuries can occur when workers are moving heavy water distribution system components – pipe, fire hydrants, pumps, valves, etc. Not only are the individual parts potentially dangerous, so is the heavy equipment used to move these materials.

    Teaching workers how to avoid injury by using proper safety procedures is paramount especially for loading, unloading, and installing pipe with heavy equipment, including front loaders and cranes. 15 minutes.

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  • 026 - Safety First: Pipe and Street Saws

    Operators using specialized power saws to cut pipe and asphalt or concrete pavement must be trained in the safe use of these saws. This DVD demonstrates proper use of pipe and street saws. The video also covers saw types, specialized blades, personal protective equipment, equipment inspection, and the importance of following saw-manufacturers’ instructions.

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  • 027 - Safety First: Hazard Communications for Water & Wastewater Utilities

    In 2005 the Environmental Protection Agency promulgated that all Hazard Communication materials must be in compliance with OSHA standard for Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (HCS) by the end of 2013. This video informs water and wastewater professionals the correct methodologies required for identifying and labeling hazardous and toxic materials, and covers the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). In addition to the DVD, a CD with PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes for trainers, and a quiz is included, for a complete training program.

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  • 028 - Safety First: Water Main Repair

    The program will follow the standard “Safety First” format and present proper preparation techniques and safe use of the equipment. Viewers will learn how to prepare the equipment needed for work and the proper procedures for preventing and limiting exposure to potentially fatal injury.

    The program will cover:

    • Avoiding injury to water utility workers and contractors
    • Initial traffic zone deployment, day and night, regardless of environmental conditions
    • Initial marking, trenching and excavation including soil assessment and work boxes
    • Working with large machinery including backhoes and bobcatsvPost-completion backfill and bedding safety and restoration of traffic lanes

    In addition to the DVD,a CD with PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes for trainers, and a quiz is included, for a complete training program.

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  • 029 - Safety First: Personal Protective Equipment

    We can avoid most accidents on the job if we concentrate on the basics. Nothing is more basic than the equipment we wear to protect us on the job-personal protective equipment, or PPE.

    This DVD provides an overview of OSHA-required PPE for water system workers.Excellent for new water system employees, the program presents the essential knowledge employees need to know about the specialized clothing and equipment they must use to protect eyes, face, head, hearing, respiratory tract, body, and extremities from potentially hazardous conditions.

    The DVD covers:

    • Hard hats
    • Eye protection
    • Face shields
    • Eyewash stations
    • Hearing protection
    • Respirators
    • Body wear
    • Life vests
    • Reflective vests
    • Gloves
    • Leg protection
    • Footwear
    • Fall arrestors
    • Employee training

    In addition, the DVD includes PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes for trainers, and a quiz, for a complete training program on personal protective equipment. 15 min.

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  • 030 - Safety First: Shock Hazards of Electrical Wiring to Water Pipe

    A severe or even fatal shock can occur if enough electricity is present in the pipe or meter. According to an AWWA study, more than 350 significant distribution system electric shock incidents occur annually to water utility workers. A much larger number of minor shock incidents occur each year, many going unreported. Electric shock is a danger water utility workers face during the installation and service repair of water pipes and meters. Water pipes are often used to “ground” electricity in homes. If there is a “fault” in the electric system, the pipe or distribution component can be energized with electricity. This video examines:

    • How electricity works
    • Shock hazards and water pipes
    • Electric safety gloves and PPE
    • Jumpers, bridging conductors, and ampere meters
    • General and specific anti-shock guidelines

    DVD, 12 mins.

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  • 031 - Water Supply Operations: Centrifugal Pumps

    Water operators receive a basic understanding of centrifugal pumps, the most common pump used in municipal water systems. This DVD describes the advantages and disadvantages of centrifugal pumps, operating principles and maintenance procedures, and record keeping and troubleshooting. The DVD illustrates several pump types: end-suction, split-case, vertical turbine, submersible, and line-shaft turbine.

    Produced by AWWA, 2007, DVD, 13 min.

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  • 032 - Safety First: Arc Flash

    Working for a water utility means you are likely to come in close proximity to major sources of electrical power. When working on or around electricity, it’s critically important you understand the significant danger of an arc flash or blast.

    This video looks at the specific hazards of arc flashes and blasts at water utilities. The video will explain how: such arcs occur; how to work safely around equipment that potentially could create arcs; grounding and electorally securing equipment; and the correct use of personal protective equipment.

    Video includes:

    • OSHA and NFPA recommendations
    • Clothing guidelines
    • Insulating materials
    • HRC Hazard Risk Categories
    • Flash Protection Boundaries

    16 mins.

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  • 033 - Safety First: Slips, Trips and Falls

    Slips, trips, andfallsare common workplace accidents that are avoidable by using common sense and being aware of surroundings.

    This DVD shows workers how to keep areas as free as possible of hazards, choose proper shoes and safety gear, and properly use equipment like fall arrest systems, ladders, and scaffolding.

    14 min.

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  • 034 - Safety First: Thermal Extremes - Stress and Exposure

    Working in extreme cold or extreme heat is a very serious issue for all water utility workers. These extreme conditions can change a routine water utility job into a life threatening one. The two primary impacts of working in extreme weather conditions are the direct impact on our health and the impact on working conditions that may result in a workplace accident. It is imperative that utility operators and employees take the appropriate precautions and use the personal protective equipment that will protect all of us during these “extreme” work duties. This video teaches employees how to protect themselves from heat stress illness, heat exhaustion, dehydration, hypothermia, and frostbite. 19 mins.

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  • 035 - 2016 Let's Talk Safety

    Let’s Talk Safety 2016 Dual Disc Set contains 52 weekly safety talks covering many topics of water utility operations, plus 12 video clips to enhance one talk a month. The CD-ROM makes it easy to send a weekly safety email to employees and print copies to hand out at your weekly safety meetings. The DVD contains 12 video supplements. Each video corresponds to one of 12 weekly talks to illustrate the most important points quickly and memorably.

    Now you can stop wondering what to talk about or spending your valuable time preparing presentations. Let’s Talk Safety 2016 Dual Disc Set takes the work out of your safety meetings. Most important, you will feel assured knowing that you are covering all the essential safety topics with your employees.

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