An industrial cleaning company operating offshore is often involved in the cleaning of confined spaces within tanks and vessels. The method that is preferred by all concerned is for a no man-entry situation where the cleaning is performed by remote control, but this is not always possible.
When it becomes necessary for workers to enter confined spaces to perform industrial cleaning operations, the first thing of importance to consider is the safety of all those who are involved in the operation. Proven safe and efficient procedures must be followed by all those who enter confined spaces for the purposes of cleaning. The workers need to be trained professionals who fully understand the need for safety rules and vigilance.
Workers inside the confined spaces of tanks and vessels are provided with support by trained and skilled support management teams on the outside. They stay in constant contact with those inside, monitoring the situation and offering advice accordingly. They also monitor the quality of the air that is supplied to those inside, who have to wear breathing apparatus.
Vacuum transfer systems and a range of pumping solutions are used wherever possible by an industrial cleaning company operating offshore. It works in a similar way to a household vacuum cleaner, inasmuch as it sucks up dirt and stores it somewhere in readiness for removal and disposal. It differs from a household vacuum cleaner in size, strength and scope, having considerably more power and the ability to cope with materials such as liquids, powder, sand, stones and sludge.
The cleaning heads for tanks and vessels are powered by water under extreme pressure. High pressure water jets that are tightly focussed on a small area can remove scale and deposits easily as they move along.
This method is relatively cheap and efficient. They also remove the need for a man to enter a confined space and have to physically remove deposits, thereby making the whole operation much safer.
The tank cleaning heads can be rotated and angled if required. This allows them to reach the very difficult places where even a man would have difficulty operating. Specialist heads can be used as well for certain unusual situations. Everything can also be controlled remotely, thereby increasing safety for the operators.
It is often necessary to employ a pumping solution. This is where liquids are pumped out of a container until the tank is dry. This operation may be necessary prior to using the tank cleaning heads or it may also be necessary after use to remove the water used in cleaning.
An industrial cleaning company operating offshore needs to be versatile and flexible, while still maintaining safety and efficiency. Cleaning operations prevent the smooth running of the production process from continuing, and while it is essential at regular intervals, the cleaning should be kept to a minimal time frame where possible.
However, while time is money and delays can be costly, industrial cleaning should never compromise any of its workers by cutting corners. The task is a demanding one and it requires highly trained professionals, as well as good team effort.
C. J. Rose writes on the subject of waste management and onshore/offshore environmental safety for http://www.sureclean.com. Topics include HP & UHP water jetting, tank/vessel cleaning, vacuum transfer/pumping, industrial painting, asbestos management/removal, HVAC/duct management, NORM management. For videos see http://www.sureclean.com/video/.