WHP provide onsite vaccinations for wastewater and sewage workers in Perth, WA.

As per the Department of Health and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety best practice guidelines, Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are recommended for organisations and workers handling human effluent (sewage), biosolids or recycled water.

There is a risk of pathogens being present in treated sewage, biosolids or recycled water even if the human effluent treated at wastewater treatment plants has been disinfected.

Who is at risk of Hepatitis A and tetanus exposure?

According to the Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), the people who may be at risk of exposure include:

  • Workers at sewage treatment plants
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  • Workers transporting septage from septic tanks to licenced facilities
  • Operators of recycled water schemes
  • Workers applying biosolids to land
  • Workers and laboratory staff handling sewage or recycled water samples or biosolids or contaminated soil samples
  • Plumbers, irrigators and other people involved in maintenance work for wastewater systems or recycled water

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It spreads from contaminated food or water or contact with someone who is infected. Symptoms can be debilitating and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. Most people infected with Hepatitis A recover completely.

What is tetanus?

Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria. Tetanus-causing bacteria, Clostridium tetani, enter the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as Lockjaw, causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of muscles in the head and neck so you can’t open your mouth, swallow, or sometimes even breathe. Learn more 

Wastewater and sewage workers

WHP provide onsite occupational vaccinations around Perth and WA.

We can help you to set-up and manage all aspects of your workplace vaccination program. Our experienced immunisation nurses will come to your work site. You will receive an Immunisation Register and will be reminded when subsequent vaccinations are due. Our online appointment booking system keeps your job easy!

See the DMIRS and WorkSafe guidelines for workers handling sewage, biosolids or recycled water

Resources

Read more on the WA Guidelines for Biosolids Management 

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