1. Keep the proper temperature
The first requirement is that the trailer used to transport food must maintain the temperature required to transport the product safely. By keeping the right temperature, drivers can prevent food spoilage or contamination by bacteria or mold.
2. Conduct routine checks
In addition to the pre-trip and post-trip inspections prescribed by the Transportation Safety Administration, your driver should also regularly inspect refrigerated truck and refrigeration equipment. This includes transportation and before and after travel.
The driver shall manually measure and calibrate the refrigeration equipment and ensure the normal operation of the compressor. Drivers must also understand the functions of condensers and evaporators so that they can identify mechanical problems on the road. During the inspection, the driver should pay attention to the oil leakage of the engine and compressor.
The belt and hose of the refrigeration unit need to be replaced according to the maintenance plan of 1500 hours or based on the life cycle of the engine. This is the key to prevent cross-country failures and loss of refrigeration freight.
3. Keep your tank full
The next refrigerated truck safety tip involves the process your driver has promised. Refrigeration units are powered by diesel fuels, so more fuel is expected to be used than when powerless dry truck and trailers are used.
4. Vehicle washing and cleaning
Whenever your driver completes transportation involving food, especially meat or fish, they need to clean up the truck. Cleaning or truck flushing ranges from simple sweeping of trailer floors to comprehensive power cleaning at the nearest truck cleaning site, which can prevent the following refrigerated vehicle maintenance problems.
5. Prevention of pollution and cross-contact
Refrigerated truck drivers must prevent raw food contamination or cross-contact. This first requires maintaining a clean trailer, but extends to safe food transport practices. Another growing problem that must be prevented is cross-contamination of known food allergens.
6. Food Safety
In order to transport food safely, drivers and carriers are required to complete safety training. The training covers hygienic transport practices - such as how to deal with mass transport of concentrated juice or minimize microbial food hazards.