Street Sweeping Operations
Street sweeping operations can produce a lot of dust and obscure visibility. Accidents involving other vehicles or the sweeper itself are fairly common. There is also risk of injury or damage due to flying rocks or sweepers hitting parked vehicles. However, these risks can be mitigated via a street sweeping policy.
When establishing a policy, be sure to provide the following:
1. Areas to be swept.
2. Time of day when streets will be cleaned (if possible, clean main streets/intersections and municipal parking lots at night.)
3. A method for prioritizing the sweeping (intersections should be the highest priority.)
4. A method for notifying the public about street sweeping methods and time frames.
5. Precautions to be taken for employee and public safety (i.e., education about lights, signs, flags, warning vehicles.)
6. Instructions for keeping records of notices provided and when the work was carried out, including date, time and operator's name.
7. Instructions for warnings and safety precaution notices (i.e., notices in the local paper, warning signs in preceding blocks, pylons to identify lane being swept, etc.)
● Consider utilizing an arrow bar on a truck at the start of the block being swept to direct traffic around the sweeper.
8. Instructions for avoiding sweeping against the flow of traffic.
9. Instructions for using a small amount of water spray with the sweeping operation, or wetting the streets in advance to reduce the amount of dust generated.