Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, in conjunction with its industry partners, is giving the pavements sector an overview of the recommended safety procedures that need to occur when sampling hot bitumen from road tankers.

Bitumen and binders in Australia are tested and certified to national specifications at the point of manufacture or supply. In recent years there has been an increasing focus on assessing the properties of bitumen at the point of delivery, for example, at the point of transfer into tanks at asphalt plants or sprayer trucks at road sealing sites.In order for this to happen, samples need to be taken during the transfer process of bitumen from a road tanker into a static tank or sprayer.

The practice of sampling bitumen on site is an activity that involves hazards as it requires personnel to be in close proximity to free-flowing hot bitumen.It is therefore very important to follow a recommended sampling procedure that minimises any risks to the operator and helps to ensure that a representative uncontaminated bitumen sample can be obtained.

In conjunction with industry personnel, Nigel Preston from Viva Energy, together with Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA), has put together a video illustrating a recommended procedure for the safe sampling of bitumen from road tankers.The procedure highlights the key steps that should be followed, focusing on safety on the operative responsible for obtaining the sample.