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The utility distribution tunnel systems are an essential component of urban infrastructure that continuously supply the public and private sectors with vital services such as electricity, steam, sewer, and cables used for internet and security systems. Since the utility tunnels and associated services require a great deal of maintenance and repair, an assortment of personnel is required to access and enter manholes and tunnels on a regular basis. Safety and industrial hygiene professionals play a vital role in the protection of workers and professionals entering the utility tunnels which inherently creates a hazardous work environment. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a brief overview of what hazards exist, why they exist, their overall impact on the safety of personnel entering the utility distribution tunnel systems, and explore safety and industrial hygiene mitigation processes and procedures.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

1. Identify four of the basic hazards associated with the utility distribution tunnel systems and how they influence permitting requirements.
2. List the specialized PPE that is routinely used in the utility distribution tunnel systems.
3. Explain how different occupations influence PPE requirements.
4. Explain when and why an emergency evaluation and rescue program is required.
5. Develop an effective emergency evacuation and rescue program using three basics steps.

This LIVE interactive webinar is a 1-hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A. A Premium Membership subscription to the Bowen EHS® Member Center is required.


Bob Rosenstiel is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Professional Safety and Health Auditor with more than 23 years of experience in the practice of safety and industrial hygiene. A seasoned professional within the field of the Environmental Health and Safety sector of Facilities Management, Bob has a BA in Biology and an undergraduate certificate in Environmental Management from George Mason University; and a graduate certificate in Safety Science/Safety Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Experience specific for this webinar includes providing industrial hygiene and safety support over a span of 3 years for a 225 million dollar settlement agreement associated with safety and industrial hygiene neglect of a large government agency utility distribution tunnel system.

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