As the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) continues to operate, EPCOR is committed to providing a safe working environment for Gold Bar employees, while still considering the needs of the surrounding community. Based on current capacity and research, there are two areas in which we can improve employee safety and hygiene.
1. Safe movement
Currently, most of the parking stalls at Gold Bar WWTP are close to active treatment and process areas at the centre of the plant. This creates significant safety risks such as traffic congestion and increased chance of accidents between pedestrians and vehicles. There is a need to provide additional on-site parking stalls for employees and contractors away from active treatment areas and process areas while still having parking near the workplace.
2. Hygiene and safety
In 2015, EPCOR completed a study which assessed the risks to employees working with wastewater and its biological hazards. A 2017 review recommended specific facility improvements. For instance, clean and dirty clothing is not properly separated (showers are between clean lockers and dirty lockers). Some locker and shower facilities also require staff to walk through process areas and lockers themselves are in process hallways.
We have a requirement to plan for facilities that provide the following:
The ability for employees to keep street clothes and personal items separate from PPE and work clothes;
Shower and hand-washing areas for clean up after contact with wastewater; and
Locker rooms with storage space for boots that is separate and at floor level or at bottom of lockers.
Facility design options
We believe in listening and engaging with stakeholders. Community input is an important part of our decision-making. We want to hear what you think about our initiatives.
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In February 2018, EPCOR notified the public and consulted on a design option to meet the safe movement and hygiene and safety objectives listed above. After listening to the feedback provided by the public, we decided to explore different design alternatives to meet the objectives of the project. Each of the options considered included on-site parking in a defined location, and changing and shower facilities in a place separate from process areas. Throughout this process we compared several different options by considering:
- The location of the parking and hygiene facilities
- The sizing and type of structure
- The cost to implement
- The implications of location and sizing decisions
We brought these design options to the broader public during our third Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) workshop and our community open house held on June 25, 2019. The original design and preferred option are shown below.