“Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” is a slogan that companies around the world have adopted.
A refinery that processes palm oil from palm seeds had pipes throughout their facility to transport the oil. They would periodically have to clean the 10” diameter pipes as part of a maintenance program. To do this, they would use a rubber plunger-like device called a pig to move through the pipe lines. When they opened the piping system to install the pig, palm oil would leak onto the floor. In their safety protocol, they would place adsorbent barriers around the spills and use a wet/dry vacuum to pick up the waste oil. They would discard the liquid in a vat for disposal. The wet/dry vacuum was limited in size to only hold 5 gallons because the operators would have to lift the container to dump the oil in the vat. If the oil spills exceeded 5 gallons, then they would have to make multiple trips. They wanted to get a better system as time was of the essence when you have oil on the floor.
In speaking about their operations, they were needing to improve on their process and safety. I recommended the model 6296 Deluxe Reversible Drum Vac System. This system uses a two-way pump and siphon tube that mounts into a 55 gallon drum easily without any modifications. The pump uses compressed air, not electricity, to quietly generate a vacuum to a level of 96” of water. It does not have any moving parts, no motor or bearings to wear out, so it is very reliable and maintenance free. The deluxe system comes with our Spill Recovery Kit for complete liquid pickup, a drum dolly, vacuum hose, and tool accessories with a holder. In replacing their current system with the EXAIR Reversible Drum Vac, they could now vacuum a larger volume of liquid during excessive spillage without stopping. Once the waste oil was vacuumed and contained, they could then just push their drum to the disposal vat. With a simple turn of the knob, the two-way pump changes from a vacuum system to dispensing the waste oil into the vat. This removed the need to lift any containers which could cause back damage to the operator.
As stated in the OSHA website, “Businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses — expenditures that come straight out of company profits. But workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. In today’s business environment, these costs can be the difference between operating in the black and running in the red.” Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and in using EXAIR products, you can do your part like the refinery above.