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Fire test details presented

A public meeting has been held to explain how fire tests will be undertaken in Yorkshire to inform future industry health and safety regulation.

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) presented details of the tests, planned to help research into the causes of fires at waste management sites, at Pollington Parish Council, near where the tests will take place.

The tests would be a 10ft circle of wood three feet high, slightly larger than the initial tests pictured.

Flame height, burn rate, radiated heat output, combustion process, brand and spark production, and emissions to air will all be measured during the tests.

Four different states of wood will be tested:

  • Unprocessed waste wood
  • Pre-crushed, broken up to reduce the volume but unscreened
  • Finished product, crushed and screened, other materials removed
  • Fines, particles of wood 10mm or less left over from processing

Other similar sized tests will measure the thermal penetration rate of concrete blocks used to contain waste materials.

WRA director Simon Dowson told MRW he was happy with the meeting and hoped the tests, scheduled for this autumn, would help to inform future fire regulations.

About a dozen people attended the meeting, including representatives of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the London Fire Brigade.

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