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Suction and Vacuum Excavator Interest Group (SAVE)

Good Practice Guide on the Safe Use of Suction/Vacuum Excavators



This Good Practice Guide for the Safe Use of Suction/Vacuum Excavators is an 84-page publication, produced by the Suction and Vacuum Excavator Special Interest Group, which aims to educate owners, operators, hirers, contractors, clients, trainers and maintenance staff on the nature, operational practices and safe working requirements of these types, and emphasises the wide-ranging operational aspects of these machines.


The publication provides specific recommendations around lone working, the use of a second operator and other supporting staff, and information relating to contaminated ground containing radioactive wastes. Other additions to the guidance include clean-up procedures that should be followed when hazardous materials – particularly asbestos-based materials - are drawn into a machine. An additional eleven annex sections relay additional information on items such as daily and weekly checks; procedures for working at height, the use of red diesel on the public highway and the transporting of wastes.


The group’s work on producing the safe use guidance has been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of their ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ initiative that demonstrates how a sector can act together to collectively promote health and safety issues.


The Group’s next task is to produce a comprehensive supplementary publication on the handling and dealing of a wide range of hazardous materials that are frequently encountered by suction and vacuum excavation operations.


The Good Practice Guide can be downloaded free of charge.

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