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Waste Industry Safety & Health forum launches new consultation on waste storage safety

Proposed regulations for the safe storage and separation of piles of material at waste sites have been revised and are being consulted on for a second time.

In June, the Waste Industry Safety & Health forum (WISH) published draft fire control proposals for consultation. It provoked anger among tyre recyclers who said they had not been involved in the preparation of the document.

On 4 August, MRW reported that the Tyre Recycling Association (TRA) claimed the proposals overlooked safety standards it had already established with the Environment Agency (EA).

WISH has now announced that changes to the new draft include scrapping the advice on stack size and separation distance, replacing it with a standard from the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations in Europe (32 2-14 F).

The document’s structure has also been amended in an attempt to make it easier to understand while the information on different approaches to the management of stacks has also been made clearer.

TRA secretary-general Peter Taylor remains sceptical about the new consultation: “They say it’s a listing process but it just seems driven by ambition and expediency. They do not have a mandate to speak to the entire waste industry.”

The WISH Forum includes representatives from the EA, the Health and Safety Executive and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association.

A meeting between WISH and industry leaders, including the TRA, to discuss the new draft is planned for later this month.

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