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Drum Trolleys & Trucks

If you routinely use drums for work, you must consider safety carefully to reduce the risk of damage, spillages, and leaks. Moving drums around your worksite can actively cause these occurrences, so it is imperative you invest in the right kind of handling equipment. Regardless of how robust they appear, drums are just as prone to damage as other containers and the potential harm caused by spilled contents could be catastrophic. Apparatus such as a drum truck or other trolley is absolutely essential.

To learn more about things to consider when moving drums around your site and the options available, check out our helpful buying guide.

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Choosing a Drum Truck

Moving drums filled with hazardous substances is a complicated and dangerous process. Your COSHH risk assessment will have highlighted several factors that play a part in which handling equipment you will require. First is where the drums are to be stored when not in use. This will dictate how far drums must travel in your worksite and if longer distances are necessary a set of forklift drum clamps might be a good idea. These allow for secure mechanical lifting and will eliminate the need for staff to touch the drum entirely.

The risk assessment will also look at the size of the load to be moved and who will be carrying this out. Steps should be taken to minimise the number of trips it takes to move drums. Consider your workforce and decide whether a cart that will move more than one container can be used safely, or if you would prefer to move drums one at a time using a smaller piece of apparatus. All staff must be trained on the correct movement and handling of drums and should know the associated risks.

Drum Dollies, Carts and Trucks - Your Options Explained

When storing drums, secondary containment is required by law. If you are likely to want to move more than one container at a time, or think that due to the nature of your work drums might be held temporarily on a movement device, a spill cart is a good option. Featuring an integrated sump base it will collect any spills or leaks safely to minimise cross-contamination, slip hazards, and the use of spill response equipment.

If moving drums is not likely to be a major part of your work, but will still need to be carried out at some point it is imperative you use a truck or trolley that is purpose built for that application. A simple, manually-powered drum truck will provide safe movement whenever it’s required.

A good all-round option for moving and working with drums is the Poly Dolly. With simple, one-man operation this clever piece of equipment will transport a drum to wherever it's needed and can then be laid on its side for use as a dispensing station, eliminating the need to handle the drum twice. It features an internal sump for spillages and is incredibly easy to use.

All of Seton’s drum handling equipment meets or exceeds current legislation for both manual handling and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), so you can be sure you are purchasing a quality product whichever option you choose.

We have 100’s of actionable Chemical and COSHH Safety tips to help you and your business stay within the law. Read them here in our What is COSHH and How to do a COSHH Assessment guides.