New guidance for waste and recycling sites has been issued today (20 October) by the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum, to provide site operators with the information and standards needed to reduce fire risk.
The release of the guidance follows a number of high-profile fires at waste sites, some of which take many months to fully extinguish.
“Reducing fire risk at waste management sites” aims to provide advice and standards for the waste and recycling sector on good practice, enabling the reduction in the risk of fire on waste sites.
The guidance has been endorsed by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), which has been working closely with the waste and resources management sector to help reduce the number of waste fires across the country. (Click here for a video interview with CFOA and the Environment Agency)
A cross-industry work group was formed in 2013 to address the issue, after it was recognised across the waste and resources industry that the frequency of waste fires is too high.
Geoff Smallwood, working group chair – “Waste management operations pose specific fire risks. To date there has been no industry-generated guidance that site operators can use to assess whether their sites meet good practice and have in place appropriate controls”
The guidance has been devised by those working in the waste and resources industry as a tool for it to use. It aims to provide site operators with the information and standards they need to help them to reduce fire risk.
Organisations across the waste industry and beyond have participated in consultation on drafts of the guidance.
The chair of the cross-industry work group on fire, Geoff Smallwood, said: “Waste management operations pose specific fire risks. To date there has been no industry-generated guidance that site operators can use to assess whether their sites meet good practice and have in place appropriate controls.
“The WISH guidance aims to fill this gap and provide waste site operators with the tools and information they need to reduce fire risk.”
The guidance has been written by WISH with input from the ESA (Environmental Services Association), Environment Agency (EA), Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health and Safety Laboratories (HSL), the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and other bodies. It is also supported by the EA, SEPA, NRW.
The guidance, can be downloaded here