FPP Guidance

Paul Downing

The Environment Agency’s Fire Prevention Plan Guidance – FPP Guidance is a prescriptive set of guidelines for preventing and managing fires on waste management sites that store or treat combustible waste materials. It is necessary to get the plan approved prior to environmental permit issue and in some case there is a requirement for the site to upgrade it’s infrastructure to comply with the FPP guidance.

Also, in order to comply with the guidance you will therefore need to ensure that amongst other things;

  • Keep a 6m boundary between waste piles and the site perimeter, buildings and other waste
  • Have access to enough water to fight fires (50%) of the largest pile
  • Retain the firewater on site to prevent pollution
  • Have identified sources of ignition
  • Have pollution prevention booms and spill kits on site
  • Automatic fore detection and suppression within buildings
  • You know where the nearest sensitive receptors to your site are
  • Do not use items that are faulty or likely to cause fires – electrical faults
  • You have an emergency plan in place in the event of a fire

Paul Downing & Associates have produced several FPP’s for waste companies since the guidance was published in 2015. We have helped organisations not only receive their environmental permit but also helped them raise consciousness about fire prevention at their waste management facility.

The guidance is not easy to comply with. unless you are familiar with it you may struggle to comply. We have prepared many FPP’s for waste companies.

If you are having issues trying to comply with the FPP guidance and require external help. Please give us a call today on 01428 768 087.

We are happy to have an initial discussion about your particular site. Please call us today for further information.

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