Federal Signal Publishes Vactor-Guzzler Safety Manual (04/06)
New Handbook Provides Safety Information for Operators of Multiple Vehicles
ELGIN, Ill. (April 2006) — Federal Signal Environmental Products Group has published a combined Vactor/Guzzler Safety Manual that serves as a single source of safety training information for a variety of Vactor sewer and catch basin cleaners and Guzzler industrial vacuum loaders. The new handbook is an updated version of two previous safety handbooks published separately by Vactor Manufacturing and Guzzler Manufacturing. Vactor and Guzzler are subsidiaries of Federal Signal Environmental Products Group
"The best way to talk about safety is to provide a clear, consistent message across the board, which is the approach we took with the new Vactor/Guzzler Safety Manual," said Andy Current, project manager at Vactor.
The safety manual begins by addressing basic safety information on the high-pressure water systems found on most Vactor trucks. Pressurized water can inject debris and bacteria deep into the skin. Even injuries that may appear to be minor can lead to serious infection and require prompt medical attention.
The Vactor/Guzzler Safety Manual includes a series of common sense tips, general warnings and safety standards, such as wearing protective clothing, ensuring good footing and visibility around the work area, shutting down before making repairs, working in teams of two or more and draining water in cold weather to keep ice from cracking valves and fittings. The handbook also covers a range of potential hazards, from equipment issues such as operating around electrical power cables and safe vacuum valve operation and relief, to general issues such as working safely in confined spaces and coping with static electricity.
Also included in the safety manual is a list of the typical labels and decals found on current Vactor equipment. The Label section of the manual begins with an explanation of Vactor's five label categories, which range from "Danger" (a red label that warns of imminent hazard of serious injury or death) and "Warning" (an orange label that notes potential for serious injury or death) to less threatening cautions and notices.
"The new handbook is not meant to serve as a substitute for hands-on training, but it does provide current best practices, a listing of key safety decals and warnings and references for additional safety information," said Current.
The new Vactor/Guzzler Safety Manual is included with the purchase of each new Vactor and Guzzler truck. Customers who already own a Vactor or Guzzler truck can also request a copy of the handbook by contacting their Vactor/Guzzler sales representative or calling Babette Austin at 800/627-3171.
Vactor is the leading maker of sewer and catch basin cleaners. Guzzler is the world's leading supplier of industrial vacuum loaders. Visit Vactor online at www.vactor.com, and visit Guzzler online at www.guzzler.com.
The Federal Signal Environmental Products Group includes Elgin Sweeper, Guzzler Manufacturing, Jetstream of Houston, LLP, Ravo and Vactor Manufacturing. Federal Signal Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FSS. For more information, visit Federal Signal online at www.federalsignal.com.