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PPG13 - Vehicle washing and cleaning

This guidance covers vehicle washing and cleaning by all methods, including:

  • automatic wash systems
  • washing by hand
  • using high pressure or steam cleaners

at all sites including:

  • retail premises
  • business and industrial premises
  • public and private car parks
  • former petrol filling stations

This guidance also applies to washing and cleaning plant, machinery, equipment and boats as the principles are generally the same.

Section 3.5  Dealing with spillages of cleaning chemicals states:

  • Deal with all spillages immediately; follow the manufacturer’s health and safety advice
  • Keep suitable spill kits where cleaning chemicals are stored and used, and make sure everyone knows how to use them.  Make sure kits are replenished after use.
  • Stop spillages from entering drains, channels, gullies, watercourses and unmade ground.  Use proprietary sorbent materials, sand or drain mats

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