Fire is currently one of the main issues affecting the industry, with roughly one fire a day in the waste sector! The causes are many and varied, but the outcomes are often the same- pollution and nuisance to site neighbours and threats to life for the fire crews.
There is multi-agency concern and interest in the issue, with a large number of stakeholders from the responsible industry members, to the Environmental regulators; HSE; Insurance firms; Police; Fire services and Councils. All have been looking at what can be done to prevent, control and minimize the impact of fires within the industry.
One outcome of these discussions has been the identification of a need for waste companies to prepare and implement Fire Prevention Plans where they are dealing with specific waste types. This requirement is being imposed on new operations, with changes to the Standard Rules Permit application process requiring the submission of FPPs: