Utility Safety Workshop

Instructor Attributes/ Strengths: Experienced, Collaborative, Life-long Learner, Inspiring, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable


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 importance of safety in the plant and field. Operators in the field and plant are exposed to chemical, environmental, biological, radioactive, and physical hazards daily.  The understanding of hazard recognition, avoidance and control is essential for the utility to reduce injury and illness.


Time lines Description Contact Hours
7:30 – 8:30 What is a hazard

Hierarchy of hazard control

Safety and Health program


8:30 – 9:30 Personal Protective Equipment

Incident Causation and Investigation

9:30 – 9:45


9:45 – 12:00 Health Hazards in Construction

Construction Fatal Four

·         Electrocution

·         Falls to Below

·         Struck-by

·         Caught-In

12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 2:00 Trenching and Excavation

Confined Space Entry

H2S Safety Awareness


2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-4:15 Lockout/Tagout

Laboratory Safety

Fall Protection in the Plant


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