Industrial tanks need regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure a sanitary working environment and protect the integrity of the tank and its contents. Buildup can accumulate in storage tanks over time, forming a thick layer that makes your operations less efficient.
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Cleaning industrial tanks can be a dangerous job. Workers entering the tank face many hazards, including:
Industrial tanks are confined spaces that typically only have one opening for human entry and exit. With limited exit points, it can be difficult to escape in an emergency. It can also be tricky for personnel entering the tank to move around, as their protective gear and cleaning equipment can restrict their range of motion.
Visibility inside the tank is often limited, so it’s easy to miss obstructions and trip hazards. Slippery surfaces inside the tank may also increase the risk of injury from a fall.
Oxygen levels in industrial tanks can drop well under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection standard of 19.5%. Workers must wear breathing apparatuses in oxygen-deficient tanks and be monitored closely.
Industrial tanks often contain toxic chemicals that workers encounter while cleaning. If these chemicals are accidentally ingested or make contact with skin, people may experience long- or short-term side effects that impact their health.
If your industrial tank contains fuel or other flammable liquids and vapors, there is an increased risk of a fire or explosion. Things like electrical equipment and static electricity can ignite any flammable products in the tank.
Because storage tank cleaning can be so dangerous, it’s best to leave the task to professionals. At Bristola, we have more than 20 years of experience cleaning digester tanks. Our innovative, zero-human entry cleaning system uses submersible, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to clean your tank, protecting your employees and significantly reducing human exposure hours. You can keep your tank full while our ROVs clean, and no one has to enter the tank during the process.