Portable sinks and toilets are rarely stationary for very long. As workers move to different field or orchard locations, it’s a GAP requirement that portable sanitation units are easily accessible (within a quarter mile). With this in mind, it’s important that all safety protocols are followed when moving units. Failure to follow proper procedures can result in accidents and spills that can contaminate crops, put people’s health at risk, and damage equipment. Before loading up and transporting units, make sure you do the following:
Pump Waste Tanks
Portable toilets and sinks should be pumped before they are moved. It is a biohazard to use anything other than a certified pumper truck to transport human waste, especially when transporting it near crops or on public roads. If your units are rentals, contact the rental company to pump them. If you own your units, you have two options. You can either pump them yourself if you have a certified pumper truck, or you can hire a pumping company from the area to do it for you. It’s a good idea to monitor the waste levels in your toilets and gray water levels in your portable sinks. A suggested practice is to pump them before they exceed 1/3 of the tank capacity.
Secure Units and Drive Cautiously
After loading the units on the truck or trailer, make sure they are secured in place with straps or a similar securing device. This will prevent them from sliding, tipping over, or falling off. Don’t forget about the supplies, either. Remove toilet paper rolls and paper towels before moving units because they can unroll or come loose and fall during transportation, causing product waste.
Safe driving is especially important when transporting portable toilets and sinks. When driving, scan the road for any potential hazards. Avoid potholes and bumps or reduce speed if they can’t be avoided. Braking suddenly, accelerating quickly, or turning at high rates of speed should be avoided.
Key Trailer Features
Safe transportation of portable sanitation equipment is made possible by utilizing trailers that are designed specifically for moving units. There are several different options for the agriculture sector. To maximize efficiency, get a trailer that lowers the unit to the ground. This allows for safe and simple access to the unit without needing to take it off the trailer. Durability is also important, so look for a trailer constructed with galvanized steel that is strong and will resist rusting. Trailers that feature removable towing tongues also promote added safety and security. By taking the tongue out of the equation, it prevents trips and potential injuries.
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