Clear Water Legacy 

​Training Modules

Beneath Your Feet / Encountering Buried Contaminants

Course Duration: full work day, 7 hours 
CEU Value: 0.7
Trainer: Sheldon Thomas, Director, Clear Water Legacy Inc
Contact: Office: (905) 333-9203 email:

The Course Will Focus On: 

  • The constant vigilance necessary to recognize possible hazardous contaminants that may be encountered during pipe excavations.

  • The wide variety of mobile contaminants that can exist in soil and in the trench material that supports water and sewer infrastructure.

  • Legislation requiring workers to give notice as soon as a possible hazardous substance or a possible adverse system condition is encountered. 

  • Various excerpts from water-related legislation that define ‘adverse conditions’, and ‘adverse effects’.

  • The MOECC‘s notification protocol that must be followed should a worker encounter a suspected hazardous material.

  • A vetted Contaminated Soil Response Protocol / how to react should workers encounter a suspected hazardous substance while excavating to expose buried infrastructure / how to remain safe.

  • Clarification of the role of the MOECC.

  • Select references to the Environmental Protection Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act / O. Reg. 170, the Ontario Water Resources Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

  • Several supportive videos.

Target Group: 

Water distribution management and field staff, contractors, consultants, water utility construction inspectors, members of water department safety section 

Water Distribution System Operator Training