Generic Risk Assessment 3.7 - Fighting Fires in Refuse

(A5, Bound)

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
TSO (The Stationery Office)

Generic Risk Assessment 3.7 - Fighting Fires in Refuse is part of a new series of Generic Risk Assessments (GRAs) that is the product of a ten year consultation period. The GRAs have been designed to safeguard Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) personnel and members of the public.

This assessment examines the hazards, risks and control measures relating to Fire and Rescue Service personnel, the personnel of other agencies and members of the public when fighting fires in refuse and refuse containers. This may vary from a fire in a small skip to one at a landfill or waste processing site. It also includes fires at unlicensed locations.

There are significant hazards and risks which face Fire and Rescue Service personnel at fires in refuse. Chapters within this GRA include:

  • Access and egress

  • Pressurised containers, aerosols and various types of gas cylinder

  • Asbestos, medium density fireboard

  • Chemicals, hazardous substances and materials and radioactive materials

  • Environmental considerations

  • Landfill gas

  • Biohazards

  • Unstable ground conditions and voids

  • Animals and insects

  • Plant machinery and vehicles

  • Water and slurry pits

  • Work at height/falling materials

  • Rubber vehicle tyres

  • Needle sticks, sharps and other penetration hazards

  • Refuse chutes/bin rooms

  • Violence and aggression at work

  • Skip weld explosions.

Depending on the nature and scale of the operational incident a variety of significant hazards may be present. Therefore contents of other specific Generic Risk Assessments may also need to be considered.

As with all GRAs, this assessment provides a starting point for each FRS to conduct their own assessments and produce their own Safe Systems of Work within the context of local conditions and existing organisational arrangements.

This GRA is supplied as an A5, bound publication, making it both handy and portable.

This publication is also available to purchase as an A4 loose-leaf edition. A binder pack containing an introduction to the series, foreword by Sir Ken Knight, contents list of all the new GRAs and dividers is available to order separately. The binder is the ideal solution for storing the loose-leaf GRAs.

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Extent tbc ISBN 9780117540507
Size A5 Price £20.00
Format Bound Published 20 Sep 2011
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