Proper Handling of Food Grade Hoses During Trailer Washing Activities

Hose Handling Injuries

Injuries related to handling hoses are not as common/frequent as other tanker driver and task wash worker injuries but preventing them should be part of your safety efforts and programs.

Injuries include:

  • Strains while pulling, lifting, carrying or positioning hoses
  • Tripping over hoses when walking with them or connecting and disconnecting
  • Falls while climbing on tractors to handle or secure hoses

Exposure to hose handling injuries varies significantly between company operations, types of equipment, hose tube or rack configurations and customer facilities and operations. Each company should conduct a risk assessment to identify exposures and develop control strategies.

Task Performance Issues

  • Have proper footwear that is in good condition and clean
  • Be trained on the equipment and tasks to be performed
  • Inspect the area and equipment prior to starting the task
  • Have and use PPE per company policy and site rules
  • Become familiar with the area where you will work and identify hazards such as holes and obstructions that could contribute to falls
  • Use proper attire to reduce potential for injuries (slip resistant gloves, high visibility clothes when working in yards or around moving motor vehicles and task specific protection as needed based on cargo)
  • Hose ends and connections must be kept off floor during and after washing
  • Hose ends should not touch unclean surfaces such as tires, trailer bumpers, etc. after washing
  • Hose ends should not be carried by the interior of the hose
  • Hose caps and plugs should not be carried by the inside after washing

Click here to download the CTRMC’s Minimum Suggested Standards for Handling of Food Grade Hoses During Tank Washing

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