Fire Prevention Plans
Fire Prevention Plans
FPP’s are required with every environmental permit application that involves storing or treating combustible waste. Producing aFPP previously can be quite a complicated process. There is a lot of information and data to gather together. Fire prevention plans are structured and assessed according to the current FPP guidance. This can be be found here. Environment Agency.
Note that all elements of the FPP guidance must be complied with. If not your FPP will not pass assessment and your environmental permit may not be granted.
FPP’s and the guidance have been around since 2016. They have come about due to the high number of fires that have been reported at waste management sites. The EA now requires that this FPP is pre-approved before an environmental permit can be issued to the operator. Information required in the FPP almost always includes the following
- Waste pile sizes & Location
- Separation distances of 6m between piles
- Fire fighting water availability and volumes of water.
- The amount of fire-water you can hold on your site after a fire
- Fire detection & suppression within buildings
- Sources of combustion, flames, sparks etc
- Waste acceptance procedures
- Site layout
- Staff qualifications and training
- Maintenance of plant and equipment
- PAT testing for electrical items
- Hot works and gas cylinder storage
A low score on the FPP assessment means it is unlikely that a permit will be issued for your site. You will probably have to submit several versions of your FPP before it is approved. Furthermore the updating of the FPP is a constant live process and as a result it is constantly evolving.
Paul Downing & Associates have produced numerous FPP’s to accompany many environmental permit applications and can therefore help you meet the guidance and achieve the scores required. Similarly, we have produced FPP’s for many differing waste sites & types.
We can also produce a FPP as a stand alone document or as part of a larger project.We include it as part of the total environmental permit application process.
Contact us for a discussion on the guidance and how this applies to your site, furthermore whether your site is actually large enough!
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