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Registration/Fees are AS MARKED: Each CSE credit is uniformly priced at $40 per HOUR PER Responsible Agent. Payment and Registration may be made via secure online billing using all major credit cards, or by check made payable to Wastewater Education 501©(3) and mailed to P.O. Box 792, Traverse City, Michigan 49685-0792. (Mailed checks should allow 5 business days to arrive)
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Students must demonstrate participation, and fulfillment of required tests or assignments.
All such requirements must be fulfilled before a final Certificate of Completion can be issued.
If payment is made and the attendee is unable to take the classes within 90 days a credit toward future classes will be issued.
(Certificate of Completion will be issued by WasteWater Education 501c3 upon successful completion of ALL class requirements.)
As more properties have outdoor electrical service, and increasing numbers of advanced systems have electrical components, even if your role is just to service the tank - outdoor electricity can be deadly, both man made and from nature. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers Electrocution one of the “Fatal Four” prime causes of workplace fatalities and serious injury.
MIOSHA has adopted major changes to its requirements for walking-working surfaces and fall protection in general industry.
The rule revisions follow OSHA’s updates to its general industry standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards (OSHA Subpart D, Walking-Working Surfaces) and its revisions to its requirements for personal fall protection systems (in OSHA Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment).
The effective date of the amended General Industry Part 2 Walking-Working Surfaces is February 2, 2020.
Overview: This series talks not just about the law and regulations but about the true costs - in terms of lost work hours and income but also human life. Each of those workplace fatalities weren’t just a sad statistic or a lost employee - they were someone’s father or mother, son or daughter - and each one is being mourned and missed.
These three Class Objectives are that you should be able to:
COMING SOON 2022 – 003a: OSHA ‘Fatal Four’ for Wastewater Service Providers – Fall Protection Safety Standards
(2 CSE $80)
OSHA considers the “Fatal Four” prime causes of workplace fatalities and serious injury. The leading causes of worker death on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object or caught-in/between.
These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (58.1%) the construction worker deaths. An interactive 2-hour class will be taught online referencing the MIOSHA Part 45, Fall Protection Safety Standard. We will review recent publicized accidents and fatalities, and latest fall protection techniques and criteria. OSHA rules for fall protection take effect at 6 feet. A quarter of all workplace injuries and fatalities involve a fall – some from less than 4 feet. Mr. Sam Lines is an Authorized OSHA General Industry Trainer.
COMING SOON 2022 – 003b: OSHA ‘Fatal Four’ for Wastewater Service Providers – Electrical Safety Standards (2 CSE $80)
We will review recent publicized accidents and fatalities, latest protection and safety best practices. Mr. Sam Lines is an Authorized OSHA General Industry Trainer. This class is a reminder to FULLY assess what you see before you start probing or digging! By law, everyone MUST contact MISSDIG, 8-1-1, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning ANY digging project.
ASK the homeowner - is there anything I should be aware of? LOOK around you - has anything changed since the last time you were there? Use your cell phone - take pictures of the site so you can check them next time you’re there.
COMING SOON 2022 – 003c: OSHA ‘Fatal Four’ for Wastewater Service Providers – Crush, Caught-In/Between, Trenching Safety Standards (2 CSE $80)
Preliminary summary of incident: On September 12, 2019, a 38 year old Michigan laborer was caught in an excavation cave-in during sanitary pipe installation, and killed. We will review recent publicized accidents and fatalities, latest fall protection and safety best practices and criteria. Mr. Sam Lines is an Authorized OSHA General Industry Trainer.
This is particularly important when you are working a job site with other contractors. When you work alone you can protect yourself with good working practices. When you work with other contractors you need to keep an eye open for multiple vehicle traffic.
As a note, OSHA has a rule called the multiple employer citation policy. By example, on 03/22/16: A 62 year old excavator operator was clearing trees and debris related to a drain/sewer project. The operator dislodged a tree, which fell onto the cab of the excavator, killing the operator. Evaluate your work area. What hazards are present?
Safety Procedures: Basic primer on personal safety best practices both as an employer and as a single business owner.
Employers have a general duty to furnish workplaces free from recognized hazards.
Part of that obligation is providing employees with personal protective equipment (PPE). This leads to a series of questions, such as: What types of PPE are employers required to provide? How are they to determine what PPE is required at a particular worksite? Do they even have to provide PPE? During the second half of this class we will discuss The 2020 novel coronavirus’s impact on the economy, and developments that will continue to occur on a daily basis for years to come. Congress passed three relief laws – the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) ,the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA), and the CARES Act – any or all of which may be extended and impact your business in a variety of ways. Additionally, states enacted shelter-at-home orders, exempting “essential” business activities such as water and wastewater service providers. OSHA issued guidance to employers regarding how to protect employees. By no stretch of the imagination is this issue over. Learning Objectives:
As severe weather events become the norm, onsite system service providers will need to become aware of and trained for conditions which stress, damage or limit the performance of onsite wastewater systems. This class will review wet weather events, prolonged ice and snow cover, drought and heat periods as well as natural disasters. Content addresses system performance and site servicing issues following such an event as well as disaster management and emergency response participation for portable sanitation providers.
Stop! Think! Look! Refer to your checklist!
Do you HAVE written policies and guidelines? If not start here.
With the aging demographic of onsite business owners, opportunities are created for the takeover of existing licenses or founding of new business. The how, what, where and when can be a challenge to navigate. In this class a mentoring group of master professionals will go through a checklist of best practices for starting off on the right foot.
COMING SOON 2022 – 006b: Employee Policies, Vehicle Inspections and Record Keeping (2 CSE $80)
As a single business owner can you afford to be unable to work for an extended period of time? As an employer can you afford to have an employee file for Workers Compensation or sue you for injury on the job. What about lawful record keeping and licensing requirements?
Good policies are essential.
Attendees will learn how to create a personalized Safety Procedures Manual. Involving your employees in preparing a Safety Procedures Manual is both common sense and protects you from liability.
COMING SOON 2022 – 006c: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – Being the Responsible Party. Your Options and Obligations for Avoiding Liability and Prosecution (3 CSE $120)
Part 117, Septage Waste Servicers, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451 requires that a business that pumps, transports and/or disposes of septage waste be licensed and designate a “responsible agent.”
By being designated a Michigan ‘responsible agent’ that person becomes liable for ensuring his or her business operates in compliance with both state law and prevailing local regulations. In October 2014 the headline read: “Man Sues Mom for $4 Million Over Septic Explosion.” In May 2014 the headline read: “Washington Pumper Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Dumping.” In March 2013 the headline read: “Septic professionals indicted in bribery scheme.” And perhaps the saddest of all from September 2014: “Septic Inspection Turns Deadly.” Do you have an employee Handbook? Does it protect you from liability? Will it cover your legal fees if you have to defend from a situation like this from January of 2016: “Family rescues boy who fell into Denny’s grease pit.” In the eyes of the law YOU are the responsible party - are you covered?
This class will cover the requirements of Part 117 as it relates to liability and insurance for both septic service and portable sanitation providers against:
COMING SOON 2022 – 006d Best Practices for Working with a Wastewater Treatment Plant (2 CSE $80)
Most service providers in Michigan no longer land apply septage. How to deliver to a WWTP, safety and best practices, manifesting and regulations will be covered in this class.
COMING SOON 2022 – 007a: Assessing the Site for a First-Time Service Visit, or for an Established Client (2 CSE $80)
Regardless of whether this is a new or an old established client, the site assessment begins with the initial phone call. Being prepared for what site conditions exist or to be prepared to ensure both safe working conditions, protection for yourself and the property owner.
This class examines how to review the site using online tools and what additional questions this might lead you to ask the property owner. Being prepared enables a pre-visit checklist. When you pull up in front of the property there are basic, common sense observations to make before you begin work. Being 360º aware will protect your personal safety, the investment you have in your vehicles, ensure an efficient use of your time at the site, protect the client's property and, most important, cement the professional relationship you have with the customer. Good habits build great businesses.
Regardless of whether this is a new or an old established client, the site assessment begins with the initial phone call. Being prepared for what site conditions exist ensure both safe working conditions, protection for yourself and the property owner. Are you asking the right questions? Do you have a site preliminary checklist?
What is the timeline for completion?
This class examines how to review the site using online tools and what additional questions this might lead you to ask the property owner or other contractors working on the site.
Service providers routinely do system inspections, both on occupied properties as part of a normal service call, but also on a property that has sat empty for an extended period of time. There are legal and ethical considerations - and development of sound policies and procedures are essential.
Utilizing checklists for all service visits is a best practice to ensure nothing is overlooked. Creating a Disclosure Statement is good business practice for many reasons. Recognizing the difference between an inspection and an evaluation will be covered, also best practices for collecting system samples for performance evaluation. This class will discuss best practices and options for official onsite inspector certification.
In the class titled Assessing the Site, service providers were introduced to the tools available to them to look at the location beforehand, assessing best access routes, anticipating logistical problems. This class is both for service providers and installers.
In the class titled How to Use Google Earth Pro, SoilWeb USDA, NRCS, and Web Soil Survey, service providers were introduced to the tools available to them to look at and assess the system location beforehand.
This class is an expansion of an understanding of soils and geology in Michigan and how this affects systems best practices.
This class is for both service providers and inspectors. Taught by Mr. Paul Finnel – past manager of the WebSoil Program at NRCS.
An interactive live 2-hour introduction to the absolute basics of how biological wastewater treatment systems and microorganisms operate.
This class is both for those at the very start of their careers as well as those who would just like to know more about the hidden world of microbes!
We have good health in this country because we train professionals to understand how biology and chemistry make wastewater treatment systems work.
Come learn the basics!
It's been since 1911 since the U.S. has had a major outbreak of Cholera but preventing incidences of water born illness are the central reason environmental professionals strive for excellence in wastewater system design, operation and maintenance.
Wastewater practitioners have to start somewhere on their long road to becoming a professional operator.
How they work, what to look for, in the home, inlets, outlets, tank construction, tank issues, effluent filters, measuring and observations, inspecting the drain field; when to do borings, where, what you may find.
How they work, what to look for, and different media. Inspecting the drain field; when to do borings, where, what you may find. Groundwater issues, surface water discharge and hydrologic flow. Understanding and recognizing local soils.
For many long-time service providers, just when you think you've seen it all, a surprise waits for you! Reminding yourself of best practices for servicing conventional systems is a good refresher, especially as there may have been changes and additions to the system since your last visit. In this class, service providers will be encouraged to share stories and experiences - including ﬁnding a tank installed backwards and having to use a chainsaw to punch a hole in a tank filled with ‘disposable wipes!’ This class dovetails with Assessing The Site.
In this class we will review the reasons these components have been installed and the special challenges of servicing.
In this class we will review the reasons for use of low-pressure mounds, guidance documents and the special challenges of servicing.
COMING SOON 2022 – 008f: Understanding Servicing Alternative Media and ATU Systems (2 CSE $80)
In this class we will review systems components and the special challenges of servicing.
COMING SOON 2022 – 008h: PPCPs, FOG and ‘Flushables’ (2 CSE $80)
A conversation about pollutants and their impacts on system performance, special needs for servicing and disposal. Pharmaceutical Products, Personal Care Products, Pesticides, Petroleum Based Cleaning and Plasticizing Products and their effect on wastewater system performance and the environment. What to look for, basic safety precautions, legal considerations. Issues with acceptance by a WWTP.
Rationale: A competency in basic math is essential to be sure the system is working correctly and can be professionally serviced.
COMING SOON 2022 – 010: Best Practices for Land Application in Michigan (6 CSE $200)
Michigan Septage Part 117 Statute. A refresher course, interactive series of component classes, for those with existing land application site on compliance, mapping, soil evaluations, licenses, renewals, extensions and additions.
Also, as a learning tool for core competencies, a hypothetical site will be the subject for interactive testing.
Each class can be downloaded for offset completion and return for mentoring and live assistance session.
Building a relationship of trust with the property owner is more than just a 'pump and go' event. Educating the public about their responsibility as an onsite system owner is compatible with your role as an environmental and public health professional. A recent study made the claim that the average adult has a 5-8th Grade understanding of science but a basic understanding of how a septic system works is essential to their performance and your ability to properly service them.
This class will cover resources available for you to develop communication skills and customize education services and messaging for the property owner to promote the reason we are all in this business - to protect public and environmental health:
Residential and commercial properties rely on onsite systems to safely treat their wastewater.
Many of these systems serve clusters of homes through a shared “community” system which requires additional management and service considerations. The delivery of proper system management is a key issue to ensure cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development and existing communities.
Community System Owner’s Guide (CSOG) helps community members and leaders understand how their system works, what management tasks need to occur on a regular basis, and how they can protect their infrastructure from premature failure. Using this tool, an engineer, septic professional, community facilitator, or educated community member is able to develop a guide to create an effective management, and service schedule, by entering basic information on the users, system, rate structures and any regional, state, or local differences in regulations that affect the management of community systems.
A team lead by Ms. Sara Heger – Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota, including Wastewater Education 501c3, has created H2OandM.com. An administration fee of $10 will be charged to oversee the CEU requirement which is to answer a 10-question quiz about the tool plus create a System Guide Template for an actual site.
Course Outline and Agenda:
The DEQ in cooperation with Waste Water Education 501(c)3 based in Traverse City, Michigan which is under the direction of Ms. Dendra J. Best, has approved these courses for Continuing Septage Education (CSE).
Course Cancellation/Rescheduling: The DEQ is not responsible for any course cancelled or rescheduled by a course sponsor. Course sponsors are strongly encouraged to notify the DEQ and those who have registered for the course in a timely manner when a course is cancelled or rescheduled prior to the date the course is scheduled to be offered. Course attendees from Michigan are encouraged to make adequate consultation with the course sponsor before registering for the course.
Additional information, you may call Mr. Matt Rockhold, DEQ, at 517-284-6540.
Questions regarding the above courses may be directed to the Director of Wastewater Education 501(c)(3) Ms. Dendra J. Best, at 231-233-1806.
These are recorded 'on-demand', interactive, distance learning events.
Credit Hours:THE COURSES MUST HAVE A PASSING SCORE OF 75% ON THE TEST TO BE TAKEN AT THE END OF THE COURSE TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATE, toward the continuing septage education (CSE) requirements outlined in Section 11703 of part 117. Only the CSE credits earned by the designated “responsible agent” for a given Michigan licensed septage firm will be credited to that firm.
To provide education which increases public awareness of the link between clean drinking water, safe recreational waters, environmentally sustainable surface and groundwater with watershed based, best management practices related to appropriate wastewater systems, technology, treatment and management.
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