Tank to Tires: Equipment Checklist for Bulk Milk Haulers

Transporting a food product means that milk haulers have to meet many important standards of safety and cleanliness to ensure food safety and prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses. That’s why a big part of their training focuses on proper methods for sampling, sanitization and sterilization.

Knowing what to do is only part of the job, though – bulk milk haulers also need to make sure that they have the tools to get the job done right. And when your list of checks and verifications is as long as theirs, it’s essential to have a good kit list to keep track of it all.

Take a glimpse inside any properly-stocked milk hauling truck, and you’ll find all of the following, all clean as a whistle and in top-working condition:

  • Truck tank (of course!) and transfer equipment
  • The most recent wash tag, indicating when, where, and by whom (initials or signature of the employee) the tank was last cleaned (washed and sanitized).
  • An adequate supply of sampling equipment, including:
    • Sample containers (sterile plastic vials for sampling milk ) protected from dirt, dust and splash
    • Sample dippers
    • Freshly-prepared sanitizing solution (200ppm chlorine, 25ppm iodine, or equivalent) in a covered dipper container of approved construction (i.e., stainless steel) and in good condition (smooth, non-porous and cleanable surface, no pits, scratches or cracks).
    • An extra batch of sanitizing solution, in case of spillage or leak of the first batch.
    • Sanitizing solution test kit to measure the strength of the sanitizing solution
    • An insulted Ice chest or cooler with a rack to hold the samples collected; in an ice water bath at a temperature of 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit (0-4.4 degrees Celsius).
  • Spray bottle of sanitizing solution
  • A dial thermometer accurate to +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A waterproof, indelible marker for identifying samples
  • A watch or other timing device
  • An adequate supply of load sheets and a pen to record the required information and fill out any necessary paperwork
  • Single-use paper towels

All those samples and checks ensure food safety and quality, so having the right tools, in working order and perfectly sanitized, is absolutely essential. It’s also important that the tools are easy to find when milk haulers need them, since they’re as good as gone if they can’t be found at the right moment. A well-stocked and well-organized truck is like a well-oiled machine: focusing on the task at hand becomes seamless and automatic when everything a hauler needs is easy to find and ready to use.

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

As ETW’s Director of Milk Operations, it’s Mark Stevenson’s job to look at the big picture. Right now, he’s working hard to ensure that the new satellite communications system that is installed in all the trucks and terminals is being used, and used correctly. Thanks to Mark, there’s also a smooth transition between dispatch, terminals and drivers. He’s a problem-solver – whether it is staffing issues, maintenance glitches or customer challenges, he’s the go-to-guy. He makes sure loads are full, equipment is well maintained and staff members are satisfied.