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AWWA launching streaming channel for safety videos

According to the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) policy statement on safety, a safe work environment is vital for everyone in the water industry and “effective health and safety programs successfully balance human, environmental, cultural and political challenges in achieving health and safety excellence.”

As a step forward in its commitment to provide safety education and support materials, AWWA is now offering video streaming safety content.Streaming safety video now available

AWWA’s Safety First Video Channel is now available on demand to individual and organizational members through a streaming subscription, offering trainers and managers convenient access to more than 120 videos representing more than 10 hours of safety-focused content specifically designed for utility professionals.

AWWA safety content will continue to be offered on DVDs. In addition, AWWA plans to increase the selection of content available in the Safety First Video Channel during 2020, as well as expanding into additional channels with water operations content.

Gary EdwardsGary Edwards (pictured left), an AWWA volunteer from Aurora Water who helped select the content for the safety video channel, said the focus is “very specific to real tasks done daily by water operators.” This includes explanations of how to perform tasks as well as the safety aspects and the importance of the tasks.

In addition, the videos provide quick training on a wide variety of subjects and draw from AWWA manuals and specifications. “This content comes from some of the best minds in the water sector,” he said.

Joe Cowan (pictured right), another AWWA volunteer who was involved with safety content selection, said safety training and industry specific Joe Cowancontent are particularly important as new employees enter the water sector.

Other benefits of video streaming content include:

•    Access through computer, laptop or mobile device
•    High-resolution videos cover more than 50 topics with supplementary quizzes
•    Ability to develop and share a customized playlist
•    New releases added regularly

“The AWWA Safety First video channel is an effective, efficient one-stop shop to provide new and seasoned water professionals with the specific safety training they need,” Cowan added. “Just as science, technology and regulations have changed dramatically during the last generation, so has the way that safety on the job is viewed.”