There are a lot of things to think about if you decide to do your own potable water tank inspection. In 2010, I posted a list of things to inspect at: TheTankDiver.com.
You can also find information at www.watertankinspection.co
Remember it is not just about doing the inspection – it is also about doing it safely. You should be prepared. The proper equipment and training is nothing to short-cut! Doing this right is more than knowing what to inspect, it is knowing how to do it safely because your life may depend on it.
Training should always be first. You don’t know what you don’t know. We use https://www.oshatrain.org, this is free if you do not want to pay for the $24.00 certificate. We require all of our employees to complete these courses before they work the first day with us.
Employees who work in confined spaces face increased risk of serious physical injury. Hazards involving a confined space include entrapment, engulfment, and dangerous atmospheric conditions. As a result, employees who conduct work within confined spaces must be properly trained. This course presents information on the definition of a confined space, hazards of a permit-required confined space, and alternative procedures to control atmospheric hazards. The written program and entry permit system, rescue and emergency services, and importance of training are also discussed.
Employees who conduct work at on elevated surfaces are exposed to fall hazards and are required to receive fall-protection training. This course will aid in decreasing fall hazards by explaining the components of an effective fall-protection program, training requirements, and emergency response. Personal fall-arrest systems, fall-restraint systems, and other fall-protection systems will be discussed, with general instructions on how to properly inspect and maintain equipment. Fall protection on ladders, scaffolds, and aerial platforms are also important topics covered in this course.
THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
Next is the proper safety gear which should include a two-lanyard climbing harness, like the ones you see being worn above. Two lanyards allow you to keep one clipped off as you move up and down the ladder. If you use additional D-Rings make sure they are rated for 5,000 pounds and are the locking type.
Now that you have the training and the gear you’re ready to go give your water tank or tower a look. Be sure to take a good digital camera along so you can document any problem areas you may find. If you are in Texas you may want to download the Texas inspection form here: TCEQ TANK INSPECTION FORM
If you can attend one of my water tank inspection classes I go over safety and more. I teach POTABLE WATER STORAGE INSPECTION at the Environmental Training Institute at UT Arlington. The next dates are 08/01/19-08/02/19 in San Antonio, TX, 09/11/19-09/12/19 Camp Shelby, MS or 10/10/19-10/11/19 in Arlington, TX. The two day class covers all inspection points, safety concerns, inspection equipment and techniques to help you do the best job you can while you stay safe!
We are here to help.
If you need a quote on inspections or cleaning call us at: 817-377-4899.
For more information contact: Ron Perrin at: ronperrinCSHO@gmail.com
(c) Ron Perrin 2019