Equipment Washing Policy

 

Equipment Washing Policy

Does anyone have a written procedure or policy that dictates proper washing of trucks and equipment? What areas are to be washed and how, frequency, operator removal of access panels etc. We are seeing an increase in maintenance issues relating to lack of proper washing or no washing at all. Our equipment is used for snow and ice control.

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We do not have a written policy regarding washing, however we ask the mechanics to wash the vehicles and equipment when we bring them into the shop for maintenance or repairs. In our enviroment we don't have the salt issues.

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Our operators are expected to wash and grease their vehicles. The mechanics are washing them occasionally but it's our policy that operators/drivers do it.

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We have come to the conclusion, that it is more efficient to have a Vendor come into the Yard on weekends and wash our Fleet and in this process, we use guidelines set by fleet. We set up the contract as an on call service as to not commit, when not necessary. We also have an account set up where the drivers can take the units on their own, and those that take care of their equipment also utilize this service. We also have power washers set up at facilities which some also will utilize. Trying to hold operators responsible for cleaning exteriors is very difficult for us and it seems to work better when we gave them and Fleet other tools to utilize and other ways to accomplish this. We do not have a formal policy though. Mechanics also spray off units before or after service, depending.

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We do not have a policy but, all Home garagers are expected to keep the vehicles washed, alll other light vehicles are washed by inmate labor or the operators. We have a pressure washer and drive-in wash rack for heavy truck operators to use to wash their trucks.

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We require our operators to clean their equipment after every snow and ice event. Even with doing that we were noticing that the salt being washed off was turning to brine and continuing to damage our equipment. This winter we have started to require our operators to use a salt nuetralizer in addition to the soap and water washing. This has made a big difference in the condition of our fleet.

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That's the problem. Halfheartedly hosing off salt is probably worse than not doing anything because you just create salt brine. My boss wants me to develop a washing policy (the how, where, when, why) to reduce the damage. I'm also concerned about pressure washers and electrical components.

What type of neutralizer are you using.

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We do not have a formal policy on washing vehicles, but we do review the procedure every fall when we have our snow preparation meeting. Also, most of our operators have bought into keeping thier equipment washed and greased.

The product we are using is called Winter Rinse from Continental Chemical.