Fire prevention plans for waste storage firms

The standards within the guidance also apply to businesses with permits which say there must be a fire prevention plan, or if one is needed as part of a permit application.

The guidance outlines that fire prevention plans must be part of a written management system, which should be easily accessible and understood by all staff and contractors working on the site.

It should contain an assessment of fire risk and the measures in place with regards to the detection, containment and mitigation against fires.

Businesses that do not follow the minimum standards in the guidance, must be able to justify why; the measures taken instead must be equivalent or superior.

Businesses must include detailed modelling assessments to satisfy the Environment Agency that the:

  • Likelihood of fire.
  • Impact from emissions during or after a fire on local people, critical infrastructure and the environment.
  • Resources required by the Environment Agency and other emergency responders during an incident.
  • Post incident clean-up and remediation costs are equivalent or less than would be incurred if the site followed the minimum standards in this regulatory guidance.

The guidance applies to all combustible materials including paper, cardboard, plastics, rubber, wood, fragmentiser waste, textiles, scrap metals, waste electrical equipment, compost and biomass.

The Fire prevention plans guidance document can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. 

This document replaces the Environment Agency’s previous technical guidance note 'TGN 7.01: reducing fire risk at sites storing combustible waste'.

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Post date: 10 Apr 2015

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