Trackout Control: What it is and Why You Need It

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Trackout Control: What it is and Why You Need It

Ever tracked mud or dirt into your house?  It’s annoying, right? When vehicles working construction track dirt and mud out of construction sites, the damage is much more than an annoyance. This situation is what is referred to as trackout. Trackout control can help manage this.

Track Out ends up in all sorts of places that it shouldn’t be in and pollutes the environment –especially waterways. Because environmental pollution has far reaching and mostly irreversible consequences, governments have become stricter with ensuring people and businesses keep up with regulations that prevent pollution.

Trackout control devices are one of the ways of dealing with trackout. We’ll discuss what trackout control is and why you need to have it.

 

What is Trackout Control?

Trackout control includes the methods and techniques used to prevent trackout from leaving construction sites and entering paved public roads and down into waterways.

An SCE – stabilized construction entrance- is the most common trackout control methods used at the exits on construction sites. SCEs are commonly referred to as trackpads.

These trackpads are also the EPA standard for trackout control. They usually consist of rocks placed on a fabric that compresses mud and which measures 15ft by 15-20 ft. The rocks are usually angular-shaped and measure about 1.5 inches to 3 inches each.

The problem with this traditional method is that its efficiency depends on how deep the rockbed is. Additionally, maintenance is a little hard – it entails turning the rocks over and over from time to time to prevent compaction and the buildup of dirt on the trackpads top surface.

Modern trackout control devices work better and include the following:

 

1. Trackout Pads

This is a specially constructed entrance meant to get rid of debris from the tires of a vehicle as they exit a construction site.

They are typically designed with alternating rows of pyramids that enter the lugs of a tire, loosening the debris and making it fall onto the base of the mat to prevent it from sticking onto other vehicles that are driven on it.

 

2. Trackout plates

These are reusable devices that have rails, pipes, or grates designed to dislodge debris from a vehicle’s tires, wheels and undercarriage before it’s driven off a construction site.

 

3. Paving

This is where the exit of a construction site is paved for a distance of up to 100 feet back from where a paved public road intersects with the road leading to and off a construction site. The paved section should also be 20 feet wide or wider.

 

4. Wheel Washing System (Washpit)

If you’re working on a project with high trackout, the wheel washing system may work better than other trackout control mechanisms.

Ideally, wheel washing systems consist of an elevated platform where vehicles are cleaned up before leaving the site. This platform usually also has walls and or rails. There are high-velocity side and bottom water sprayers too to help remove mud in hard to reach areas. The walls serve to prevent the water spray from drifting.

The sprayers are controlled by programmable controls and sensors, which trigger appropriate water output for each truck that goes through the system.

 

Why You Should Control Trackout

According to the law meant to minimize sediment trackout, you must limit the use of vehicles to designated exit points and use trackout removal techniques at every exit that leads onto a paved public road so that any debris is eliminated before the vehicle gets onto the paved road.

If you only see trackout cleanup equipment just to comply with government regulations, you are missing out on the benefits of ‘obeying’ the government -such as saving on operational costs and building a positive image around the community.

Having trackout control devices is more cost-effective than having to clean the streets -up to 10 times less expensive. Plus, a washing system saves you more time. It takes about ten seconds to clean a truck with a washing system. Manual washing could take about ten minutes or more.

When it comes to dust control, traditional water trucks are not as free as many construction overseers would like to think. You’ll use much more water than you need to and will need a driver to drive the water truck.

Dust palliative pads are the better alternative. Dust palliatives are built to stabilize the soil and prevent the formation of dust. Additionally, unlike using water to curb the spread of dust, dust palliatives like polymers and modified resins will work even on a windy day. Some of them can keep the site dust-free for up to a year.

However, some dust palliatives are not suitable for sites that experience daily disturbance. Check out with a professional to see which dust palliatives work for your site.

If you’re using a haul truck, cover it with tarps to prevent the wind from blowing off dust while in transit.

In some cases, trackout is a result of improperly loaded trucks. To avoid fines from local governments, clean up the debris immediately, particularly if the trail runs for 50 feet or more into a public paved road. 

 If it’s less than that, get it cleaned up by the end of the day by collecting it, using a street sweeper, or other clean-up methods. In most states, washing off the trackout using a hose or water is prohibited because the process aids the spillage of the debris into adjacent waterways. Use grizzlies to remove excess dirt from your truck before hauling it away.

 

Controlling Human Trackout

Construction site workers also contribute to trackout. You can reduce it by constructing stabilized gravel walkways and routes that are free of mud. A boot brush at the exit can help to scrape off the mud from employee work boots. You can also provide a storm drain grate.

Workers can also use particular entrances and exits to minimize the buildup of trackout on their boots. Use perimeter fencing to naturally direct them toward these routes.  Stabilize routes that lead to the parking area, porta pots, washout facility and the parking.

 For more information about trackout control, feel free to contact us today, and we’ll be more than willing to assist.

How to Set Up Your Business for Curbside Pickup

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Businesses all over the world were dealt a heavy blow to their sales in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, creating one hell of a challenging year for companies large and small. Businesses hit the hardest were those within the hospitality, food service, and retail industries that struggled to keep up with an ever-changing list of compliancy rules and regulations. As these businesses searched for methods to stay afloat, one avenue of operation could not be ignored—online ordering and curbside pickup.

Although the pandemic has brought Curbside Pickup into the mainstream, it is anything but a new concept. According to The Balance, online retailing is one of the fastest growing segments expected to reach $1.3 trillion over the next decade. If you are in the restaurant, retail, or grocery business you simply cannot overlook the value of Curbside Pickup. Those starting brick and mortar store pickup operations for the first time may wonder how to properly set their businesses up for Curbside services—and that is why RubberForm is here to help.

 

How to Set Up Your Business for Curbside Pickup

An efficient Curbside Pickup operation utilizes online ordering and strategically placed portable sign base systems to mark designated pickup areas around your property or in your parking lot. These curbside sign bases include a base, signpost, and respective signage. Below we will go over the steps that need to be taken to effectively set your business up for Curbside Pickup

 

1. Choose an Ordering System

Depending on the area where you live, there are a plethora of online ordering applications made for your consumers to use on mobile devices. For restaurant or grocery businesses, especially franchisees, you may choose to

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register your store in one of these pickup and delivery apps:

For Restaurants

For Grocery Stores

For retail stores, online ordering will typically be done directly through your e-commerce website. In this case it is imperative to ensure your website ordering process is mobile friendly and easy to use.

 

2. Create an Organized Pickup Procedure

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To ensure a smooth curbside pickup process, you will need a plan in place for staff and customers alike. Curbside service is a brand-new service feature for some businesses so employees will have to be trained on the new ordering and curbside pickup procedures. Put together a dedicated team for curbside pickup that will be responsible for managing orders, customer arrivals, and product delivery. The curbside team should constantly be in communication with each other from start to finish. The process will go something like this:

  • Order is placed online
  • Sales and customer service teams are notified and begins order process
  • Order is packed and ready for customer pickup
  • Customer arrives at Curbside Pickup area
  • Customer checks in with customer service sales team via a phone call or online app
  • Service team gathers package order and delivers to customer vehicle at parking spot with curbside sign base.

 

 

 

3. Establish a Dedicated Curbside Pickup Area

Creating a designated pickup area for pickup orders will be one of the most important decisions you will make for a productive curbside operation. Your location and property size will be the deciding factor on where to best guide customer traffic to the curbside pickup area. If you are fortunate enough to have a parking lot connected to your business, then you are at an advantage. Parking lots allow businesses to section off specific parking areas for curbside orders giving your pickup customers a clear area to go to while they wait for their orders to be brought out to their vehicle.

If your business happens to be located in a metropolitan area you may have a slightly more difficult time creating a designated pickup area. To help local businesses operate easier within new regulations, city officials across the country have recently started allowing businesses to extend operations onto sidewalks and even portions of the street in some areas. Owners are now able to do things like allow temporary parking in front of their building and put-up signage on sidewalks.

The most effective way to mark these pickup areas are with portable sign base systems, not a permanently mounted, in-ground bollard signpost. Sign bases that are portable are more flexible and can be used to display any type of general or curbside information you may need to convey to arriving customers.

 

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4. Promote Your Services with Curbside Pickup Sign Bases

Once you are set up with your ordering system, service procedure, and pickup area you are ready for the final step—advertise and promote. Portable sign bases make an excellent choice for not only promoting your curbside services but also creating an effective environment to coordinate curbside pickup with safety, control and a great customer experience.

RubberForm’s Curbside Sign Bases provide easy visibility that allows your customers to see exactly where they need to go upon arrival at your location. We provide everything you need for curbside pickup services, starting with the sign base all the way up to the signage, and everything in between for a great customer experience. Custom recycled aluminum signs are designed with your specifications to display all the necessary details of your curbside procedure. With our ready-to-go logistics and shipping services, we are positioned to fulfill any requirements your company needs for your curbside operations.

 

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Why Choose RubberForm?

We are the home of the Original Sign Base since 2005, so we know everything there is to know about Curbside Pickup programs. Years of experience, research, design, and development has yielded the most durable, sustainable, and attractive sign base product on the market.

RubberForm is proud to have provided our curbside products to some of the most well-respected names in the restaurant, retail, and grocery store businesses. We are the Gold Standard in Curbside Pickup and we “guarantee” you will not experience a better performing product than the ones made by RubberForm.

 

Learn more about our Curbside Pickup & To Go Sign Base Systems here.