Just like any other commercial vehicle, vacuum truck safety is always a priority. Safety is very important to maintain a level of productivity. During any operation, personnel are at risk of exposure to many kinds of hazardous material, especially to toxic gases. Without enough knowledge on proper identification of these dangers, workers are putting their lives at risk. Exposure to toxic fumes without correct personal equipment for protection might lead to dizziness,Vacuum_Truck unconsciousness or even death. It is of vital importance to follow safety precautions to spare any worker’s life from unwanted harm.

Here are some general safety precautions that are deemed critical in operating a vacuum truck.

  1. Crews and workers must understand that when using a vacuum truck, they are at risk of exposure to toxic gases. They should undergo training about using personal protective equipment (PPE) especially masks and respirators.
  2. An evacuation site should be clearly indicated in case of gas leaks and rescue procedures should be properly understood and implemented. A first aid kit should always be available on site.
  3. There should always be ambient air monitoring in the area specifically near the truck’s venting hose.
  4. Always check the manufacturer’s manual to confirm if the vacuum truck is designed to transport hazardous material and toxic chemicals.
  5. Prior to the operation, conduct visual inspections of the tank, pumping equipment and the entire truck. Clean the tank interior, filter bag housing, and cyclone separators to prevent chemical reactions on the materials to be vacuumed.

Safety points to consider while working:

  1. The vacuum truck tank is an enclosed space. Basically, there is only one way in and one way out. If the truck is used to carry toxic chemicals, repairing inside the tank is prohibited because workers might be overcame by fumes.
  2. To ensure safety, always use the vacuum release. Generally, there are three standard equipment release areas on the truck; remote release, manual release and the inline “T.”.
  3. Don’t forget to ground the vacuum truck. Without proper grounding, dust being extracted could encounter static electricity and a dust explosion could occur.
  4. Do not mix wet and dry materials. A chemical reaction may occur if these two substances are mixed together. Workers should know what chemical reactions might occur if wet and dry materials are combined.
  5. Always be watchful. Being alert is the key to preventing serious accidents.

The vacuum truck is a wonderful piece of equipment. They can transport, clean and accomplish the most disgusting jobs. In spite of being useful, without proper training about hazards that might exist during vacuum truck operations, performance and productivity could be significantly affected. Putting safety first is essential to maintaining productivity, performance – and lives!