Streamline - Summer 2015 - (Page 15)
... All Year Long
BY LUCIAN LINEBERRY, CIRCUIT RIDER I
of our four seasons, comes only once a year. Somewhat like holidays, seasons each have their niche.
While holidays have egg hunts, trick or treating and gift giving, spring has cleaning.
SPRING, LIKE EACH
Spring cleaning: the phrase that
either gives us incentive for productive
ideas or thoughts of how to procrastinate and get out of the task.
Planning is usually based on last
year's results, such as actually being
able to see out those sparkling windows again or the reattempt of that
disastrous effort to clean the gutters.
Once you convince yourself to get the
projects done, it is time to schedule how
those various chores can be accomplished in a safe and productive manner.
Remember, this cleaning process must
have positive results as it is an annual
What if we considered spring cleaning as a year around procedure at our
facilities? Instead of cleaning once a
year, clean various areas and equipment
on a routine schedule. Scheduling could
be assigned to personal employee areas
or rotated for shift changes, responsibilities, allotted time, etc. A consistently
cleaned facility creates a much more
visitor friendly atmosphere, allows for
a safer work environment, and serves
as a sense of pride and morale booster
Scheduled cleaning will also be
helpful in everyday operations, tests,
experiments, and other activities which
involve materials and/or tools which
require accuracy in the results of their
use. A routine swipe on such things as
meters, gauges and other visual reading
instruments makes for a confident reading at recorded times, or a quick check
on a walk around. Clean pumps, valves,
gears and other devices which involve
lubrication allow leaks to be readily
identified, as opposed to delayed damage from undetected leaks.
We all know anything in areas of foot
traffic is an accident waiting to happen.
Stumbling, head banging and tripping
could be avoided by placing materials
and tools back in their proper storage
place after us and by putting stock items
away upon their arrival. Keep cleaning
materials readily available in various
areas (safely and properly stored) to
allow for a quick clean swipe as one
passes through the area.
Cleaning is part of facilities operation and duties. When everyone pitches
in, cleaning is not a task that everyone
dreads or puts off for later (or someone
else). If keeping your workplace neat
and presentable can be put on a daily,
weekly or monthly schedule, spring
cleaning will become a year around
procedure instead of that "oh no, not
Remember, if something presents itself as unsafe due to materials
needed or physical limitations, discuss it with your coworkers and supervisors. After all, you may need to
... call the man!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2015
From the President: A Disinfection Byproducts Odyssey
From the Executive Director: It’s Over
Importance of Professional Relationships in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Spring Cleaning … All Year Long
Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Virginia Source Water
USDA Rural Development
A Successful Model for Waterworks
Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use
Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution
VRWA 2015 Conference Highlights
Town of Lovettsville Wins the ‘Great Water Taste Contest’
Throwing My Loop: Helpers in Our Path
VRWA Booster Club
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2015