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Changes to forklift safety measures

Forklift trucks used in solvent recovery and waste treatment plants will be required to have greater safety measures from November 2017.

The new EN1755:2015 standard is expected to affect the management of Atex-compliant lift trucks when static becomes considered a ‘normal occurrence’ in Zone 2 hazardous areas.

Most waste sites operate 2.5 to 3-tonne capacity diesel forklifts in their Zone 2 drum or IBC storage areas, which is where the biggest changes apply.

Rob Vesty from safety company Pyroban said: “One of the key changes is that static is now considered a normal occurrence in Zone 2 areas, affecting the technical design of the truck. Static build-up and friction can create enough energy to cause ignition.”

As well as affecting the requirements for tyres, the standard will affect other elements of a forklift truck, such as seats, arm rests, cabin sides and hydraulic systems in Zone 2.

Although Pyroban’s Atex conversion will address these issues, the changes will affect how plants manage their fleet. Tyres must now be antistatic in Zone 2 hazardous areas, assuming they are travelling at more than 6km an hour.

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