Protect yourself and your workmates by following a few simple rules. If in doubt, ask.

Setting up

Stand the boiler on a firm, level surface, with the fire tray underneath, even on concrete.
Set up the gas cylinders at least 3m away, but out of the way.
Don’t use more cylinders than you need.
Cordon off the area to keep others away
Ensure that gas hoses are properly connected and in good condition and metal braided.
Have a fully stocked burns kit on site, just in case. Who is going to administer first aid?

Don’t Smoke, there may be gas leaks when the boiler is off, or when changing bottles

Keep other ignition sources away eg, naked flames; electrical equipment.
Have a fire extinguishers close by (preferably foam or dry powder) make sure you are trained to use it.


Follow the maker’s instructions on lighting up.
If a thermometer is fitted, don’t exceed the recommended operating temperature.
Avoid splashing when adding more bitumen, wear gauntlets and eye protection
Keep water away from hot bitumen.


Use the draw-off tap to remove bitumen.
Wear eye / face and hand protection when handling bitumen.
Keep the lid on the boiler as must as possible.
Regularly check the boiler temperature and level.
Keep bitumen and wrapping paper away from ignition sources.
Carry bitumen in proper containers eg, lidded buckets.
If lifting to another level ensure a secure hook is used. Set up an exclusion zone beneath in case of slopping onto people below
Have a clear, safety route from the boiler to where the bitumen is used.

After Use

Turn off the gas at the cylinders. Let the bitumen cool off but not solidify
Empty the boiler and remove drips or splashes from the outside.

At all times

Make sure the boiler doesn’t overheat or run low.
Turn the gas off before leaving the boiler unattended, even for a short time. If you have to leave it on, leave a sentry to watch it.
Never apply direct heat to pipes or valves, or to the outside of the boiler.
Turn off the vehicle mounted burner and empty / solidify the bitumen before moving the lorry or trailer.

What could go wrong? Have a contingency plan ready – just in case

Do you have any questions for me?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *