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Waste and fire chiefs to consult on draft fire guidance

Waste and health and safety bodies are to open a consultation on draft fire control guidance for the waste management industry.

A working group including representatives from ESA (Environmental Services Association), the Environment Agency (EA), the Fire and Rescue Services and the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum has been working on such document to supersede existing guidance on the matter.

Last year the Environment Agency issued a Technical Guidance Note to help prevent fires at sites storing combustible materials.  The Chief Fire Officers’ Association also announced that it would work with the industry to produce a ‘roadmap’ to tackle the increasing problems of fire in the sector.

The high number of fires incidents at waste facilities has caused a major insurer to exit the sector and other companies to raise their premiums.

The ESA said that further tests on waste products are needed to provide more information on their combustion properties and is collecting evidence on the matter. Feedback can be sent at s-freeland@esauk.org.

Ahead of the opening of the consultation, it has circulated a set of guidelines published by the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations in Europe (file right) in May.

 

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