Water Well Journal

June 2015

Water Well Journal

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NGWA Seeks ANSI Standard for Pumping Systems The National Ground Water Association is seeking people to form a consensus body for developing a proposed ground- water pumping systems standard to include guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells. The draft ANSI (American National Standards Institute)/ NGWA-03-1X Water Well Pumps Standard will be compiled following ANSI-accredited NGWA Standard Development Operating Procedures. Persons suitable for the consensus group include ground- water industry stakeholders such as water well system con- tractors, regulators, private water well owners, groundwater scientists and engineers, and manufacturers and suppliers of equipment used in the groundwater industry. Membership with NGWA is not required for participation. A free orientation webinar will be held July 15 to educate interested parties on the standards process, as well as how they can become involved at www.NGWA.org/Events- Education/brownbag/Pages/bb071515.aspx. For more information, contact NGWA Industry Practices Administrator Jessica Rhoads by sending an email to indus- trypractices@ngwa.org or by phoning (800) 551-7379 (614-898-7791), ext. 511. NGWA Offers Variety of Products to Keep You Safe at Job Site An assortment of products from the NGWA are available for you to use to stay safe at the job site, including: • A 30-minute DVD, Drill Safe, Drill Smart, has been a popular title since it debuted in the NGWA online bookstore in 2010. Pro- duced in collaboration with the video production company Training Without Boredom, Drill Safe, Drill Smart was produced in an informative but fun fashion that keeps those watching alert to the important details. Suitable to the drilling of both domestic water supply and environmental wells because many of the same hazards apply, the video is not just for new drill crew employees, but also seasoned workers who may need a refresher on safe practices. Drill Safe, Drill Smart covers the most common causes of drill site accidents: slips, trips, and falls; materials han- dling; chemicals; machine guarding; and electrocution. In addition to the video, the DVD includes printable docu- ments—a job safety analysis form, lighting guidelines, a pre-trip inspection form, and a safety assessment plan. • Detailed discussions on safety are now easy to have with Safety Meetings for the Groundwater Industry. A set of 52 sheets printed on two-part carbonless paper, it is designed to enable companies to have weekly safety meetings on a different industry-specific subject each week of the year. Each sheet contains talking points, and areas to write down related topics and employee recommendations, and em- ployee and manager signatures. Among the subjects are eye protection, installing pumps safely, knowing first aid, ladder safety, protecting your hands, and safety from falling objects. • Model Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manual is a CD providing a complete safety program manual for those working in the groundwater industry. It can be viewed on a computer or printed and stored in a three-ring binder. It contains a version you can edit so that specific company information can be added. Among the sections: having a code of safe work prac- tices, inspection and auditing, incident and accident report- ing, confined space operations, electrical safety, employee training, fall prevention, fire prevention, hazard communi- cation, hearing conservation, and respiratory protection. • Pump Safe, Pump Smart is a 30-minute DVD designed to help professionals learn about the hazards of pump installa- tion and service and help make sure everyone is kept safe. In a fun, highly watchable way, the DVD covers job preparation, site safety assessments, figuring your load, PPE, site mobilization and setup, blocking and leveling, proper wire, pulling the pump, inspection, transportation, moving equipment, tools, lighting, maintenance, and more. To learn more or to purchase these products, visit the NGWA bookstore at www.NGWA.org, or call (800) 551-7379 (614-898-7791). NGWA Tops 200 Members in March NGWA began the year by adding 202 new members in March. The total consisted of 83 scientists and engineers, 63 contractors, 36 students, 11 manufacturers, 5 associates, 2 manufacturer representatives, and 2 suppliers. A total of 877 members renewed their membership as well. To learn more about NGWA and how to become a member, visit www.NGWA.org/Membership. NGWA Certification Exams Number Nearly 200 the First Three Months A total of 84 NGWA certification tests were given in March. Of those, 57 were administered for state licensing (26 received passing scores) and 27 were proctored for NGWA's Voluntary Certification Program (13 passing). For the first three months of the year, there were 191 exams given: 129 for state licensing (68 passing) and 62 were given for NGWA certification (29 passing). If you have questions about the NGWA certification pro- grams, contact Jessica Rhoads, NGWA certification coordina- tor, at jrhoads@ngwa.org, or call (800) 551-7379, ext. 511. If outside the United States, call (614) 898-7791, ext. 511. Secure Booth Space at the 2015 NGWA Groundwater Expo The online booth selection database for the 2015 NGWA ® Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting, December 15-17 in The LOG NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL GROUND WATER ASSOCIATION waterwelljournal.com N G W A P r e s s 22 June 2015 WWJ THE LOG continues on page 24

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