AWT, BNR, and Anaerobic Digesters

AWT, BNR, and Anaerobic Digesters


Sheldon Primus is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy.

Sheldon is part of the first class of 6 operators to receive the Professional Operator (PO) designation from the Certification Commission of Environmental Professionals (C2EP) of the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). He has been in the environmental and occupational safety field since 1994. Additionally, he is a trainer for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program of the Alliance Safety Council-Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sheldon is an authorized OSHA General Industry and Construction trainer for the 10 and 30-hour Outreach program.


Mr. Primus is a guest columnist for the online publications of Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) and WaterOnline. He has written article regarding regulatory compliance, operator safety, and wastewater process control. Additionally, he conducts OSHA compliance webinars for Audio Solutionz, Online Compliance Panel, Compliance Online, Compliance World, and Compliance Key.


Currently, Sheldon is the owner/CEO of Utility Compliance Inc.  and its subsidiary, OSHA Compliance Help, an international safety consulting, training, and a regulatory agency compliance assistance company based in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


Mr. Primus served as part of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Water Sector Safety Committee and the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) taskforce on All Hazards Communication training for the Water and Wastewater Sector.




This course will give the attendee an understanding of the Advance Waste Treatment, Biological Nutrient Removal, and Anaerobic Digester processes. Regulations have tightened to include a more stringent nutrient removal criteria. Due to these rules, the treatment plant must have advanced treatment options. 


Time lines Description Contact Hours
7:30 – 8:30 New Clean Water Act Overview

Rules and Regulations including Numeric Nutrient Criteria


8:30 – 9:30 Biological nitrogen removal process 1.0
9:30 – 9:45


9:45 – 12:00 Biological phosphorus removal process

Chemical nutrient removal processes

Troubleshooting the BNR process

Troubleshooting the AWT process

12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 2:00 Anaerobic digestion process



2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-4:15 Math for AWT, BNR, and Anaerobic Digesters

Laboratory sampling for AWT, BNR, and Digesters

Operator safety for AWT, BNR, and Anaerobic Digesters


4:15-4:30 Summary and Conclusion 0.15
Total Instruction/Contact Time: 8.0