Each state in Australia has its own independent Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), but they all have a common objective. Each one aims to be an effective environmental regulator and an influential authority on environmental impacts and their mission is to protect, restore and enhance their respective environments.
And so when it comes to making sure that pollutants from sites such as building and construction sites don’t find their way onto public roads or waterways, these EPAs have very strict regulations about washing sediment and other contaminants off the wheels and under bodies of trucks and other vehicles before they leave the site.
Truck wheel wash systems have been proven to be very effective in combating track-out of contaminants such as soil, mud, stones, clay, fertiliser, seeds, weeds and sludge onto public roads and into restricted areas. These systems use a number of methods to dislodge any build-up, including high pressure water sprays, a wheel wash ‘bath’ whereby the movement of the truck through the water removes loose organic material as well as shaker grids or rumble strips which help remove foreign matter from the tyres and under body before the vehicle enters the wheel wash.
Preventing contamination of public roads is an important consideration for organisations in a wide variety of industries including mining, construction, waste removal and landfill, power plants, quarrying, ready-mix cement, chemical and agricultural - and the legal requirements are to be taken seriously.
Avoiding track-out from outgoing vehicles is a key element of meeting those legal obligations, but it’s also imperative that the wheel wash system that you have in place or that you install is also EPA-compliant. Should you be considering installing a wheel wash system, be it a portable one wheel wash system or a permanent fixture, or whether you already have an existing system in place, it’s important to make sure that all elements are legally compliant and comply with any onsite Occupational Health and Safety requirements. This could include anything from the waste water (which must not be discharged into the stormwater system at any time) to water recycling obligations - and you should always discuss your options with a qualified, experienced supplier.
One such supplier is AccuWeigh, which has been in the industry for many years and which has established a solid track record in offering a variety of quality truck wheel wash systems. They can advise on which system is best suited to your particular application, plus they are able to make any existing truck wash-bay EPA-compliant.
Organisations that don’t comply with EPA requirements are liable for heavy fines and it’s simply not worth taking any financial risks or risk damaging the environment. There are eight AccuWeigh branches around Australia and each one has the experience and expertise to ensure that your organisation meets the EPA requirements for wheel washing. Contact them via their Perth head office on 08 9259 5535 or visit their website, www.accuweigh.com.au for a comprehensive look at their extensive range.