Reducing Contamination on Construction Sites - lighting, work-wear and machinery.

Posted by Grace Vanbergen on Oct 25, 2019, 10:00:00 AM

When working on construction, quarry, or event sites, contamination is more than likely. To reduce the spread of contaminates from site to site, getting the right equipment is important. Contamination doesn’t just include soils from one construction site to another, it also includes water, noise and CO2 pollution which are the biggest risks to the surrounding areas and people.

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Lighting up your site, especially during the winter months, is a safety requirement that should not be overlooked. Older, traditional lighting towers which have less fuel-efficient engines produce a lot more emissions: 72% more than Trime mobile lighting towers! Going for the cheaper alternative may seem ideal in the short-term; however, in the long-run: they are not such a good idea.

When looking for the right lighting tower, make sure you are looking for the new, long-lasting, robust units which have LED lights. These energy-efficient lighting towers have been designed and manufactured to reduce emission and fuel usage. This means the surrounding environment is less polluted, and reduces the personal risk of health problems from stronger carbon emissions.

There are many alternatives to diesel-run lights: plug-in, battery and solar, which don’t use any diesel at all, so no emissions are produced! Additionally, browse for noise-reducing options, if you are working around domestic areas. This will reduce any noise pollution, ensuring less disturbance to the public.

So, what about reducing oil, soil and dirt contamination? When the machinery is back in your depot, give it a wash down. This will give you a chance to check your machinery over for any issues which can could disrupt safety. However, don’t go washing it and sending the mud and dirt down the drain - look for a wash bay which recycles the water.

It isn’t just machinery which will get dirty, your boots do, too! Mud, oil spray and stones can be passed from site to site. It could be worth washing all that muck off before you leave the site - again not down the drain but using a water-recycling unit.

Finally, dust: it is always around on construction sites, and is one of the biggest risks to people – especially in the immediate area. Using a dust-suppression unit to remove the tiny particles, or changing how you use machinery, can help reduce the quantity of dust produced.

Ensuring that workers are completely covered will reduce any immediate risk, creating better working conditions. Even on outside sites, rather than inside, having a unit to reduce the spread of dust will allow a safer environment. For more information, click here.

Purchasing the right equipment to reduce contamination from site to site is quite simple, and Trime have produced a large range of products which help reduce contamination and pollution.

If you are interested in any of the products which can help you maintain a cleaner, safer and quieter site, please fill in the form below to get in contact with the Trime team.

Topics: Construction Sites, Health and Safety

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