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New Guidance published on Fire Prevention Plans

New fire prevention plan guidance for businesses that store combustible waste has been published by The UK Environment Agency.

The new standards 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 states that fire prevention plans must be part of a written management system, which needs to be easily accessible and understood by all employees and contractors working on-site.

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

Businesses must have detailed modelling assessments to ensure that the following are equivalent or less than if the business had followed the minimum standards:

  • Cover the likelihood of fire
  • The impact of emissions during or after the fire
  • Resources required by the Environment Agency and other emergency services to deal with an incident
  • Post-incident clean-up and remediation costs

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

To view the guidance in full, visit the Government website here.

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