Health and safety is at the heart of operations for Halifax based Green Valley Arborists (GVA). Working on commercial vegetation clearance and landscaping projects, including some in environmentally-sensitive areas, requires Director Luke Kendall to look at all elements of operations - from the safety of their operators to the impact their equipment has on their surroundings. That's why 12 months ago GVA made the switch to Aspen Alkylate Fuel across their entire range of petrol-powered equipment.
"As the company grew and work for associations including The Environment Agency started coming our way, it became apparent that the benefits of Aspen Fuel aligned more and more with our approach" explains Luke. Being virtually free from sulphur, benzene and solvents, Aspen Alkylate Petrol is 99% cleaner than regular pump fuel when comparing the level of hazardous hydrocarbons. With these ingredients removed, the odour and infamous 'blue haze' produced is minimal, reducing the impact the machinery makes on both the operator and the environment.
"Previously we would have to send one of our team to the petrol station to fill up a drum which is all time, labour and expense. When you then factor in that it needs to be mixed with 2-stroke oil, and the hazards associated with that, the costs begin racking up. Being ready mixed, Aspen 2 is quicker, easier and safer for our operators to use and gives us consistency in performance, helping our equipment to run more efficiently."
Together with Aspen 2 in their smaller tools such as chainsaws and brushcutters, Luke and the team also use Aspen 4-stroke petrol in some larger equipment - eliminating the usage of pump fuel completely. "We purchase Aspen by the pallet, in 5L containers, which is delivered directly to our site where it can be safely stored, and its usage better monitored. When this runs low, we order more, and it will arrive in 48 hours which couldn't be easier."
The convenience and safety element extends to the day to day usage for the operators also. "Not having to mix the fuel reduces the risk of spillages, contamination or harmful exposure to the skin. The operator can open the container, pour the fuel using Aspen's spill-free cap and put the lid back on. Once the can is empty, as these are made from the same type of plastic as regular milk cartons, they can simply and safely be recycled."