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Undergraduates Dive Into Water Treament And Solid Waste Sites

For the third consecutive year, undergraduates in the “Public Health Live on [Bus] Tour!” seminar course stopped at the Tampa Bay Surface Water Treatment Plant and Pinellas County Solid Waste Site.

Twelve students had their senses pushed to the limit as they learned about community-wide public health issues, with an emphasis on occupational safety and health (OSH) in utility companies.

The session was facilitated by Mylene Kellerman and William Tomlin, safety and health supervisors with USF SafetyFlorida OSHA On-site Consultation Program, in addition to June Lake and Alison Oberne, course instructors with the College of Public Health.

“Every group of students visiting these sites in the Tampa Bay area have come away amazed and impressed at the complexity of the processing systems,” said Mylene Kellerman.  “The students have a unique opportunity to see the high-tech equipment and methods needed to bring clean and safe drinking water to neighboring communities. They also learn that household garbage and trash do not just ‘go away’ but needs to be managed in a sustainable manner for the longevity of the community and for planet earth.”