tools, such as rakes, shovels, lutes, and hand tampers,
on asphalt paving jobs, these tools should be heated
before use and cleaned immediately after use. It is
common practice to clean these hand tools by burning
off the bitumen, collected during paving operations.
Crew members should exercise caution and be
forewarned that flames are not always visible. One
person should stand by with a fire extinguisher capable
of controlling a petroleum fire.
In some areas, oiling roads and cleaning asphalt
equipment could cause damage to the environment.
This is especially important if there are streams or
waterways nearby that could be contaminated.
Supervisors and crew members should be advised prior
to the start of a job if there are any environmental
considerations at the site. Dispose of contaminated rags
and waste materials in an environmentally responsible
All personnel should be instructed to report
immediately all personal injuries and all property
damage regardless of how minor. Reports should be
prepared according to the instructions set forth in base
or command publications.