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Safety Training Series for Water & Wastewater Operators: Day 1 (#2022-35)

Confined Space Safety and OSHA Permit-Required Confined Space Standard 29 CFR 1910.146

The hazards encountered in confined spaces can cause bodily injury, illness and even death. There are many workplaces within the water and wastewater industry that contain spaces which are considered confined because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. This course defines a confined space, explains confined space hazards, preparations for entering, and procedures for performing rescues from confined spaces. In addition, this course will stress the importance of safety awareness and hazard evaluation and control.

Excavation Safety and OSHA Trenching and Shoring Standard 29 CFR 1926.650

Trench collapses, or cave-ins, pose a significant risk to water and wastewater workers. This course will provide an overview of the OSHA Excavation Standard and the safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching. Course topics include practical soil mechanics, soil classification, and use of protective systems. Upon course completion employees will have the ability to assess compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, explain the role and responsibility of the “Competent Person”, define soil types, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and training requirements.

Work Zone and Traffic Control Safety Training

This course provides an overview of the key aspects of work zone safety and traffic control applicable to water and wastewater operations within public roadways. Topics include the fundamentals of traffic control, component parts of a temporary traffic control zone, channelizing methods and devices, use of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and more.

OSHA General Industry & Construction Fall Protection Requirements and Ladder Safety Review

This course discusses how OSHA’s General Industry and Construction Fall Protection Standards apply to water and wastewater utility operations. In addition, the safe use of step, straight and extension ladders is detailed. Topics include:

  • Fall hazard recognition,
  • Common fall hazards,
  • Fall hazard elimination and controls,
  • Use of fall restraint and arrest systems,
  • Choosing the right equipment for elevated work,
  • Types of ladders including fixed ladder systems,
  • Ladder pre-use inspection,
  • Ladder setup and use,
  • Moving ladders, and
  • Ladder storage

Please Note:
This course is an overview of content, not a certification course.
You will only receive a MassRWA TCH Certificate of Completion for attending this course.

This is also an In-Person class. Seating is limited to 30 participants, and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please register today to reserve your seat. No walk-ins please. Should the class fill up, all other registrations will be place on a waiting list in order in which they are received.

To sign up for this class, REGISTER ONLINE, or contact Jason Blais

June 1, 2022 (#2022-35)

Registration: 10:45am - 11:00am EST
Class Time: 11:00am - 3:30pm EST (includes a breaks and a working lunch)
This class is being held In-Person

South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA 01075
we will email all registrants a confirmation/reminder a day or two prior to class

Class Fee (per registrant):
Free for all registrants

Agency Approval:
4.0 TCHs for Water & Wastewater Operators


Tom Bahun, Co-Owner of Tom's Water Solutions, is a Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), with over 30 years of experience and expertise in developing, designing, and delivering water and wastewater safety, emergency repsonse, and operator certification training. He is well known for his fun and energetic training classes, drawing upon what his students already know. Tom's focus is to lead his students through socially supported interactions to enhance learning and contruct new understandings.

In addition to Tom's vast training experince and abilities, he has a long history of helping small to large water and wastewater systems with technical and managerial knowledge and understanding. Tom is a full-time Water Systems Operator overseeing drinking water treatment and distributionat Maine's largest water and wastewater utility. He holds a State of Maine Class IV Water Treatment and Distribution Operator License, and a Grade 5 Wastewater Treatment Operator License.


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Mass Rural Water Association

781 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA 01360

Phone: 413-498-5779

Fax: 413-498-9943