From the Chairman
Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter, in the corresponding newsletter last year I was very optimistic about the year ahead. For many of us 2021 ended up just as challenging if not more challenging that 2020, with COVID continuing to affect many states.
Again our members have demonstrated how well our industry assesses the risk associated with the work we carry out and implemented controls to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and all stakeholders.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic AUSJET/ADCVA has had to move our conference for a second time. This decision was made in the best interests of our members, the event and our sponsors with AUSJET 22 now moving to October 12th and 13th. This allows more time for borders to open fully so the event is accessible to all our members. Being our first event, it is important that it is a truly national event, held at a time of year where we do not have to compete with other industry events.
Despite the challenges it was pleasing to see an increased engagement with our members, through our online meetings and workshops. I believe one of the positives to come out of the events of the past 20 months, is the connectivity we now have through the various digital platforms available to us. The emergence of these platforms has enabled AUSJET/ADVCA to increase engagement with members, with members now able to access all general meetings via Zoom. We have also run other information sessions and workshops, allowing us to continue to complete projects important to our industry such as the drain cleaning workbook workshops and consultation.
We have recently completed our drain cleaning recommended practices workbook, the workbook will be edited and available for sale by the end of January. I would like to thank all those who participated on the work group and everyone that attended the member workshops. It was pleasing to see such a high level of participation.
In the New Year we will commence the important task of putting together a project proposal for a full revision of AS4233. Further details about this project will be released in January, all members will have a chance to participate in the review and I would encourage you to participate in any way you can.
On behalf of the AUSJET/ADCVA board, I would like to wish everyone and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We're excited about AUSJET22 in October next year and so is Steven Bradbury OAM, former short track speed skater and four-time Olympian who is our special guest speaker. We're proud to have Steve's involvement at AUSJET22 as he was the first athlete from Australia and also the Southern Hemisphere to win a Winter Olympic gold medal and AUSJET22 is the first dedicated water jet, drain and vacuuming technology exhibition and conference to be held in Australia making him the perfect fit and inspiration for our event.
AUSJET 22 will now be held on the 12th and 13th of October 2022, at the Melbourne Show Grounds for further information please visit https://ausjetconnect.com.au/
Class A Training - Use high pressure water jetting equipment - now available online
AUSJET / ADCVA have provided Class A Training via a USB (Memory Stick) in the past; The training has been very popular with our members and non-members alike, by providing users with a very comprehensive training package for the safe use of high-pressure water jetting equipment.
This course is for members of a water jetting team who are not competent to operate independently and need to have basic competencies before working under supervision. This not only involves technical competence in high pressure water jetting but also requires safe operation at a worksite that is not familiar to the operator.
Unit of Competency MSMWJ202 - Use high pressure water jetting equipment, is now a pre-requisite for MSMWJ304 Operate a high-pressure water jetting system. Any new entrant to the industry must now complete MSMWJ202 Use high pressure water jetting equipment and complete 120 hours of tool time before being able to enrol in the operate a high-pressure water jetting system course.
The training reflects the skill requirement to use high pressure water jetting equipment safely and effectively under supervision.
AUSJET has streamlined the process by making the Class A training available online via the AUSJET / ADCVA website.
Up until now, the course was packaged on to a USB stick and posted to the recipient. The course was provided using Adobe Captivate, encoded with a ‘use by date’ after which the material became inaccessible.
By having the Class A training available online means that users can purchase and access the course and be provided with a certificate of completion, all on the same day. Thus, eliminating the need for invoicing, USB preparation, posting and tracking. This can be a two-to-three-week turnaround, at best.
Significant other reasons for changing the process were due to Adobe no longer supporting Flash Player from after the 31st December 2020 and blocked Flash content from running, thus making the USB not function and no longer secure.
The benefits of moving online:
- Greater security - encrypted delivery
- Lower costs - significantly less handling time
- Greater speed of delivery
- No need to buy USB hardware
- Instant access for customers
Recently we have been approached by a number of people in terms of some of the things in the standard that are not quite clear, there is a bit of ambiguity in there since the last review. There are also technological dangers that we need to address as well. So as a result of that, we reached out to our project manager from the last amendments we did to 4233, to ask what the chances are of reviewing the standards.
We will put a committee together to gather what changes should be made and put a project proposal together over the next eight months, to hopefully get the proposal in to Standards Australia by July 2022, which would give them time to assess it for a possible review in 2023, which we would then see a new standard around 2024.
It is a long process, so the sooner we get started the sooner we can get through it because there are some opportunities to get standards added around drain cleaning and hydro excavation and we can remove the ambiguity that arises from time to time.
The Project Manager from Standards spoke about involving the rest of the stake holders on the SF 43 committee in terms of the project proposal and the scope.
The SF43 committee is a Standards Committee for High Pressure Safety who are responsible for reviews and amendments of the standard. The committee is made up of a cross section of different industry representatives.
Den-Jet has extensive experience with High-Pressure Water Blasters & Water Jetting Accessories. The business provides all aspects of the machines, equipment, service and PPE for many applications and industries. Our main goal is to produce quality products with a safety focus at a competitive price.
Den-Jet Water Blasters are based on 4 versatile power platforms including Electric, Diesel, Petrol, Hydraulic and Air-powered machines. Pumps can be configured in many variations of flow and pressure range from 100-3000bar.
A popular High Pressure Water Blaster model is the Den-Jet CD50 series. This is due to its flexibility of pressure and flow with combinations ranging from 230bar to a maximum of 2000bar. The CD50 model is powered by genuine 50Hp Toyota diesel engine and there are 7 powerful models in the range.
The CD50 Water Blaster is user-friendly, cost effective and with a very small footprint. Each machine comes with standard accessories such as 20m HP hose, dump gun and Fan/Pin nozzles, and optional Rotating nozzle with 4 Sapphire Jets. Many applications such as corrosion control, surface preparation, underwater blasting, and oil well pressure testing is well suited for this high-powered pump.
Den-Jet Australia team wishes AUSJET members a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and look forward to catching up in 2022.
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Incident Reporting - We want to hear from you
One of the responsibilities of being a member of AUSJET/ADCVA is to report all incidents. It is important we communicate all incidents within our industry to prevent them from reoccurring and to improve industry safety both here in Australia and now globally through the GICC Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition.
All information is kept strictly confidential and can be reported through our website safety/report-an-incident-/, or directly to our administrator Gabe Wardle email@example.com. In all cases we request the contact details of the person reporting the incident, so we can work with them to develop an industry safety alert.
When developing the industry safety alerts any reference to the company that had the incident, or the location of the incident is removed. Prior to publishing the safety alert, we send a draft of the alert to the reporting person for their approval prior to distributing the alert to our members and on social media.
So, what should be reported?
In the past reporting has been generally around the higher consequence incidents, severe injuries, hospitalisations etc. To truly improve industry safety, we want to engage more, we would like to see all incidents involving High Pressure Water Jetting, Vacuum Loading, Drain Cleaning and Hydro Excavation reported including,
- Near Misses
- Environmental Incident
In some circumstances we understand that some incidents may be placed under legal privilege. In these instances if possible we would request that members simply advise AUSJET/ADCVA that an incident has occurred without specific detail, then at the completion of the investigation and the period of privilege, we can then work together to develop a safety alert.
Health and Safety Forum
A Health and Safety Forum is proposed. At a high level the Forum will be made up of member contracting companies only, those nominating must hold or have held a high-level health and safety position or be a director of a member organisation.
Expressions of interest will be called for and Forum members will be approved by the (AUSJET), (ADCVA) board, and should be open to all members large or small as long as they meet the criteria.
The objective of the Forum is to bring together Health & Safety leaders across the industrial service industries, including high pressure water jetting, drain cleaning, vacuum loading, and hydro excavation, in order to share incidents and learnings so that participants can drive down injury rates and reduce risks. The Forum will be responsible for sharing and reviewing incidents within the industry, developing safety alerts based on AS4233 and industry best practice.
This will fast track our safety alerts via a collaborative approach on a monthly basis, incident information can still be kept confidential if lodged through AUSJET for the Forum to review.
Stay tuned for further information in the New Year.
Pre-Job Assessment and Planning
Assessment and planning of the job is critical in ensuring that high pressure water jetting is carried out in a safe and efficient manner without risks to workers health and safety. This should be completed in consultation and in a co-operative and coordinated way, so all risks are managed.
The planning process usually starts with the initial customer liaison and a job site inspection. The people involved in the planning the work and people familiar with the work environment and the item or material to be jetted can should meet along with the people that will be carrying out the work to discuss and identify the potential hazards of the work area, the control measures to be implemented, any potential environmental problems, safety standards and emergency procedures.
Based on this information, the job can then be planned.
As a minimum the planning process should take the following points into consideration:
- Personnel requirements for example the number of workers and any special skills, qualifications or training required (over and above the safe use of high pressure water jetting) such as an elevated work platform ticket
- Isolation procedures and including locking and or tagging
- Equipment that is required including PPE
- Barricading and signage requirements
- Requirements to notify other workers in the vicinity
- Availability of safe work instructions for all workers
- Completion of a pre-start hazard assessment by the work crew prior to commencing jetting operations.
- Calculations to ensure that when manual gun operations take place the reaction force is equal to or below the maximum reaction force of 250N or 25.5kg.
The reaction forces shall be taken into account when designing a particular job and allocating personnel to ensure the forces exerted by the gun and the hose on the jet operator are not excessive.
The reaction force along the axis of the gun barrel shall be determined in order for an operator to retain control of the gun safely and comfortably. The maximum reaction force shall be 250 N (25.5kg), or what the operator is capable of controlling up to 250 N. Additionally, operator fatigue shall be managed by effective work crew rotation.
Nozzle manufacturers’ supply charts shall be used to calculate nozzle orifice size/reaction force.
The reaction force shall be determined using the high pressure water jetting pump’s maximum pressure rating for the conversion set fitted to the pump. Where reaction force exceeds 250 N a mechanical device shall be used.
Assessment and planning of the job you are about to do is critical to ensure that it is conducted safely and efficiently. You may be issued with a work pack which may include:
- Details of the job to be carried out
- Any drawings or technical details
- Details of isolations, authorisations and Permit to Work required, forms such as JSEAs and permits that need to be completed.
The important elements to establish in planning the work are:
- What does the customer want you to do, and what is the scope of the work?
- Are there any special requirements or hazards present?
- What isolation procedures are required on the site?
- Are there any special environmental requirements?
- What water is available on site?
- What documentation other than your organisations does the customer require you to complete?
- What is the exact scope of work and what standard is the job to be completed to?
- What other operations are taking place in the affected area that you should be aware of?
Based on the information gathered, you can then begin to plan the job. The areas which require attention are:
- Personnel requirements, i.e. number, are any special skills or qualifications required.
- Communications between members of the work team during operations
- Isolation procedures. Do you need to go through a site specific isolation procedure, or is there a requirement to tag out the job?
- Work Permits, in addition to the standard permit to work what other permits are to be used for the HPWJ task. Other permits could be confined space, working at heights, hot work etc.
- What equipment is required including pump, hoses, high pressure tools, nozzles, PPE and any other specific safety equipment for example, body armour, anti-withdrawal devices, etc.
- Are there any other personnel working in the area who need to be aware of your activities?
- What specific safety or environmental aspects do you need to take into account?
It is important that we consider these things prior to the completion of any job including routine jobs. We often see incidents occur when completing routine tasks, as complacency creeps in.
Complete a thorough risk assessment prior to any job, don’t just flick and tick.
Assess every job like your life depends on it, because it does.
Safety Grate with anti-withdrawal device
Veolia VNS at Rocklea experienced a pretty severe near miss. A high pressure water jetting nozzle exited the manhole almost hitting one of the operators and doing some property damage.
Mass Products was engaged to find a solution to this problem.
SG MP-SG-C1AW-R75 safety grate with anti-withdrawal device
The series MP-SG-C1AW-R75 safety grate with anti-withdrawal device benefits maintenance activities by preventing ‘energised water’ and high pressure jetting nozzles exiting a manhole.
The product is used by utilities and maintenance personnel working with high-pressure water jetting nozzles in and around open manholes.
Typical activities requiring use of an MP-SG-C1AW-R75 safety grate include: High-pressure jetting, drain pipe cleaning, confined space entry, surveying, smoke testing and venting, and other activities requiring fall protection or an anti-withdrawal device.
The MP-SG-C1AW-R75 safety grate’s engineered design offers multiple benefits:
- Prevents high-pressure water nozzles existing manholes
- Fits securely into existing manholes to prevent the risk of falls from heights
- Lightweight and easy set-up design saves time on erecting safety equipment and barriers
- Nylon roller feature protects expensive jet rod hoses and camera cables from being damaged
- Protects personnel by preventing large objects (i.e. tools and rocks) from falling into the manhole during a confined space entry
To view maintenance personnel using this device, please follow the Safety Grate with anti-withdrawal device link
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Our mission is to help national safety associations adopt basic principles in high pressure water jetting, municipal/vacuum truck cleaning, chemical cleaning, and respiratory protection that are easy to implement country by country in consideration of differing workforce, regulatory and economic conditions and without imposing on sovereignty of the existing national organizations.
The purpose of the GICC is to help save lives and reduce injuries in the industrial cleaning industry through the collaborative development and promotion of basic industrial cleaning principles.
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Exhibiting KOR's values at AUSJET22
“AUSJET/ADCVA exist to strengthen safety standards in our industry and their core values of creating a safe workplace and developing a safety culture align with our values.”
Those are the words of Troy Fairbairn, Regional Sales Manager (VIC/TAS) at KOR, providers of industrial vacuum and combination sewer and drain cleaning trucks, and industrial sweeper products throughout Australia and New Zealand.
KOR are a major sponsor of AUSJET22, our dedicated water jet, drain and vacuuming technology exhibition and conference to be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds in October 2022.
“What AUSJET/ADCVA do and why they exist aligns with not only KOR’s values, but where we want to see the industry go,” Troy said.
“We are really excited to be exhibiting our products and services as well as our safety culture at AUSJET22 so we can show industry why our trucks are world leading, not only in performance, but also in safety, which is what AUSJET/ADCVA is all about.”
KOR are the exclusive distributors of Cappellotto products in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as well as the exclusive distributors of street sweepers for Schwarze Industries in Australia and New Zealand.
Troy said KOR has vast experience across the entire industry, and they understand what the industry needs are not only in terms of products, but service and safety as well.
“Supporting our clients has been a massive focus of KOR for a number of years and we believe we’re the best for after sales support,” he said.
“We have multiple vans go out to our customers and service on site in the hours that suit them, but we are now cementing that support further by bringing all our sales support in-house come February 22 with our own dedicated 500sqm service center in Victoria at South Dandenong.”
As well as exhibiting at AUSJET22, KOR will also be conducting live demonstrations. For more information on KOR connect here and if you want to know more about our exhibition and conference connect here.
AUSJET / ADCVA Meetings
General Meeting - Thursday 25th November 2021
General Meeting - Thursday 20th January 2022
2.00pm - 3.00pm AEDT
Details to be announced
General Meeting - Tuesday 29th March 2022
2.00pm - 3.00pm AEDT
Details to be announced
General Meeting - Thursday 19th May 2022
2.00pm - 3.00pm AEST
Details to be announced
General Meeting and AGM - Thursday 18th August 2022
2.00pm - 4.00pm AEST
Details to be announced
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Recommended Practices for the Use of Industrial Vacuum Equipment Booklet: First Edition 2020
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