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5.4 Safety and Security

Ensures safety of the public, employees, the facilities, and the system infrastructure.

Critical Work Functions

  • 5.4.1 Recognize potential causes and impacts of unsafe or insecure facility conditions.
    • 5.4.2 Assess risks and likelihood of disasters occurring, including conducting and updating as needed Vulnerability Assessments and Emergency Response Plans.
      • 5.4.3 Facilitate inter-agency communication and planning for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
        • 5.4.4 Follow the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation.
          • 5.4.5 Encourage utility participation in the Mutual Aid and Assistance Network for Water and Wastewater Utilities.
            • 5.4.6 Keep abreast of the latest scientific advances to protect drinking water and wastewater systems.
              • 5.4.7 Utilize recommendations from industry associations.
                • 5.4.8 Understand the potential for a cyber attack to cause an interruption to drinking water and wastewater services, and abide by your organization's water utility cyber security program.
                  Technical Content Areas

                  • 5.4.9 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
                    • 5.4.10 State occupational safety regulations
                      • 5.4.11 Cybersecurity