20 Jun 2019
All warehouses and factories deserve proper waste management system, and using a forklift tipping bin is an economical and practical solution to general waste management. Though it might be tempting to use it as a “set and forget” solution, there are some crucial health and safety rules you and your employees ought to follow. The three “rules” we have here are designed to give you peace of mind when you install your tipping bin as part of your waste management plan.
1.Prepare the location for the tipping bin
Tipping bin safety starts before it’s even delivered. You should figure out a stable, level, and easily accessible site for your tipping bin that’s also convenient enough for workers and other personnel to use. Forklifts must be able to have clear thoroughfare to and from the bin if your tipper or skip bin is designed for forklift use. Do not have your skip positioned under trees with overhanging branches, near to power cables, on ground that may get slippery. If you have a feeling or foreknowledge that the position of the bin may cause more problems than it solves, it’s a good sign you should place it elsewhere.
Bins such as these should also be away from traffic, have proper safety lighting installed, and appropriate warning signs if it’s to hold liquid waste or organic waste.
2.Proper filling means proper safety
A tipping bin is no longer safe to tip or use once rubbish or waste fills above the recommended safety line. It is not good for eventual disposal, but it is illegal for skip bin hire or tipping bin hire firms to move overfilled bins. This may be due to loose materials scattering about the road during transport back to a depot.
Filling a bin should take a bit of thought; the heaviest and bulkiest items should be thrown away first and distributed around the volume of the bin to minimise the risk of it tipping off balance. Lighter and smaller items can be placed on top.
Try to stack or place objects as close to one another as possible to maximise the capacity of the bin. The temptation to “chuck it all in” means less efficient use of space.
Though you might do it at home, “stomping” on the contents of the bin to “compress” the load can be fraught with danger. Glass fragments, ceramics, electronic waste, and other harmful materials may cause injuries such as lacerations or burns.
3.Don’t fill the bin with hazardous waste
Tipper bins are good for most types of general waste, organic waste, and in some cases liquid waste. Most safe items include old furniture made of wood or metal; general waste such as paper and cardboard; concrete, bricks, and other materials; electronic equipment; office equipment; green waste and organic matter such as clippings or branches.
You should never throw away hazardous items such as paint, chemicals, batteries of any type, tyres, flammable or oxidising liquids, or food items.
Asbestos should always be handled by licenced professionals. Filling your bin with proper material helps ensure the health and safety of everyone.
To find out more about our range of robust tipper bins, contact Backsafe Australia for a quote or call us on 1300 305 314.
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