NHDOT OFFERS ROAD SALT CERT.

by Christian Mower on November 19, 2013

CONWAY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR PAUL DEGLIANGELI SAYS HIS EQUIPMENT IS READY FOR THE WINTER AND ALL OF HIS PLOW TRUCK DRIVERS HAVE ATTENDED CHLORIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER.

NOW, TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SALT PRIVATE CONTRACTORS AND CREWS PUT DOWN ON DRIVEWAYS AND PARKING LOTS, THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IS OFFERING A VOLUNTARY SALT APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATORS.

ERIC WILLIAMS SUPERVISES THE WATERSHED ASSISTANCE SECTION AT THE DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES. HE SAYS 40 WATER BODIES IN THE STATE – MOSTLY IN SOUTHEASTERN AREAS – BUT ALSO ONE NORTH OF CONWAY – HAVE TOO MUCH CHLORIDE IN THEM BECAUSE OF EXCESS SALT RUNOFF. CHLORIDE KILLS AQUATIC LIFE AND WILLIAMS SAYS WINTER ROAD AND PARKING LOT MAINTENANCE IS CAUSING TOO MUCH OF IT TO RUN OFF INTO WATERSHEDS.

AFTER FIGURING OUT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ROAD SALT FOUND IN SOME WATERSHEDS WAS COMING FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WILLIAMS SAYS SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE ABOUT IT.

COMMERCIAL PLOW OPERATORS CAN VOLUNTARILY ATTEND THE SALT APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OFFERED THROUGH THE UNH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER’S GREEN SNOWPRO TRAINING.

THE GOAL IS TO TEACH BEST PRACTICES TO PUT DOWN JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SALT ON DRIVEWAYS AND PARKING LOTS TO KEEP THEM SAFE WHILE REDUCING EXCESS THAT CONTRIBUTES TO HARMFUL RUNOFF.

WILLIAMS SAYS PRIVATE OPERATORS HAD CONCERNS ABOUT LIABILITY FOR SLIPS, FALLS OR CRASHES DUE TO ICY CONDITIONS, AND THROUGH THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AND BY APPLYING BEST PRACTICES, INCLUDING PROPER RECORD KEEPING OF AMOUNTS OF SALT USED, THEY – OR THE PROPERTY OWNERS WHO HIRE THEM -“ARE NOT LIABLE FOR DAMAGES ARISING FROM SNOW OR ICE.”

THE INITIAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IS A 5-HOUR COURSE THAT TEACHES HOW SALT WORKS, HOW TO APPLY IT UNDER DIFFERENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AND HOW TO CALIBRATE A SPREADER.

WILLIAMS SAYS THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION ALONE PUTS DOWN ABOUT 190,000 TONS OF SALT ON STATE ROADS EACH YEAR.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL WILLIAMS AT (603) 271-2358 OR SEE THE SALT REDUCTION INITIATIVE AT www.des.nh.gov.