CDC preparing Ebola guidance for wastewater personnel

AWWA.org - In a recent conference call with AWWA and other water organizations, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared that it has prepared and is conducting an expedited internal review of an interim guidance on wastewater worker safety and the inactivation of the Ebola virus by wastewater treatment processes.

The guidance, Interim Guidance for Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Ebola Cases in the United States, will address basic hygiene practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) use and disposal actions that should be taken.

Specifically this guidance will provide guidance and protocols for

  • workers who perform sewer maintenance,
  • construction workers who repair or replace live sewers,
  • plumbers, and
  • workers who clean portable toilets.

Officials from CDC, the lead federal agency for Ebola containment and prevention, said the guidance could be released as soon as late October. Also, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Healthhas some general guidance available on workplace safety and health related to Ebola.