What preventive measures should be taken regarding VOC emissions in a WWTP?
Before being able to establish the safety risks, it is essential to determine the toxicity and the concentration of the chemical molecules present in the volatile organic compounds as well as the duration and frequency of exposure.
The minimum level of prevention includes:
- ensuring all personnel are aware of risk prior to working in the environment
- making sure the area is always well ventilated
- depending on the type of exposure: mandating employees wear a mask, gloves and the requisite protective clothing.
Here are some Canadian government guidelines for VOCs in the wastewater sector: