S1 E8 This Ain't Your Grandfather's Sewage
Today on The DooDoo Diva's Smells Like Money Podcast, President of Hydro Products Corp., T.J. Suiter, talks about the "normalized" modern-day dangers in the wastewater industry. As someone whose been in the industry for over three decades, T.J. explains what wastewater workers are exposed to every day, what these situations apply in their daily lives, and how his invention, the Vanguard Pathogen Defense System, helps fight against the dangerous health risks of wastewater.
This episode covers:
· How dangerous can waste water get?
· The Vanguard System
· What is the sewer flu?
· How serious are MRSA and CRE?
· What promotes good practices in wastewater work?
About T.J. Suiter:
T.J. Suiter got his start in the sewer and drain industry over 30 years ago when he started a pipe cleaning and inspection business in Denver. The company specialized in residential and commercial work for the first few years before moving into municipal work.
During his off-hours, Suiter volunteered with a couple organizations, including a local hospice. It was there that he began learning about the pathogens he could potentially be exposed to from patients, how they can transfer, and, most important, how to handle them to keep himself and others safe. It was a unique situation, working with raw sewage by day and with terminally ill patients by night.
With new knowledge of pathogen transfer, Suiter started thinking about the dangers posed to those in the wastewater industry. The same pathogens that hospice workers wore gloves, gowns, and face shields to protect themselves from coming in direct contact with were in the wastewater stream, splashing around and getting on workers. And they were often left behind in puddles on the street or yard. So he decided to do something about it to help reduce exposure and protect his team.
The result was the Vanguard Pathogen Defense System.
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