Safety Committee

Chairs / Committee Members

  • Janette Kessler, Atlantic County Utilities Authority
  • Mike Janusz – Jackson MUA
  • Celenia Mercado – SMCMUA
  • Gregory DePaul – OCUA
  • Javier Peter Irizarry  – SBRSA

Mission Statement

To provide forum for staff of AEA member organizations to discuss a broad range of safety-related issues; educate committee members; identify safety-related education and training needs for AEA.

Meets / Schedule

First meeting will be in June. Details forthcoming.




April 2019

Underground Storage Tank Rule Changes – What you should know.

Does your facility have any underground storage tanks?  If so, pay attention.  There are new rules.  The new rules have been in place since October 2018.  The new rules emphasize the importance of properly operating and maintaining UST systems.  Below is a list of what you need to know:

  • All facilities must have a trained Class A, Class B and Class C operator.  You can outsource this, but Rutgers offers an online course for $295.00 – that takes 8 hours total and can allow you to have in-house compliance.
  • You must conduct monthly walkthrough inspections of the UST facility.
  • Overfill prevention equipment must be inspected at a minimum of every three years.
  • Spill prevention and containment sump equipment or test equipment and sumps used for interstitial monitoring must be tested every three years
  • Test release detection equipment annually.
  • Emergency generator UST systems must have secondary containment.
  • Newly replaced USTs must have secondary containment.
  • NJDEP must be notified when storing certain biofuels.

If you aren’t in compliance, be sure to get compliant right away.  DEP is conducting inspections and can order compliance, deny or revoke a permit and assess a penalty if not compliant.

The AEA Safety Committee is committed to the safety of its members.  If you have any questions about UST rules or ideas for other Sustainable Safety Tips, please reach out to the Safety Committee!


March 2019

March Sustainable Safety Tip:

In compliance with the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Program Indoor Air Quality Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-13)(2007) all government employers are required to provide good indoor air quality, as it is essential to employee’s health and productivity.  As part of the standard, authorities must have a written Indoor Air Quality Program which must be reviewed annually to reflect changes in policy, procedure, responsibilities and contact information.  March is a great month to review your Indoor Air Quality  Written Program.  Some authorities have just completed their annual review of their written plan.  Has yours?  It is recommended that you use the following inspection as part of the review, and meet to discuss any changes to your written program.

For reference, here is the IAQchecklist.

You must have a designated person who is responsible for the plan, and have a preventative maintenance schedule in place in order to be in compliance.  There are also strict record keeping and document maintenance requirements. 

The AEA Safety Committee is committed to the safety of its members.  If you have any questions about Indoor Air Quality or are looking for a sample or template so you can create your own written Indoor Air Quality Program or have some information to share on this or any other safety topic, please reach out to the Safety Committee!