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Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus?

Wastewater treatment plant operations should ensure workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. These include using engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment normally required for work tasks when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, including those at wastewater treatment facilities. Additionally, per CDC Guidance (PDF), employers that manage class B biosolids, sewage, or sewage sludge should prevent work-related illness by following recommended practices to minimize exposure.

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