Generic Risk Assessment GRA 5.2

Incidents Involving Acetylene

Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, The Department for Communities and Local Government
TSO (The Stationery Office)
Price: £20.99

This generic risk assessment applies to the work of Fire and Rescue Authorities at incidents involving acetylene.

It is not intended to cover every conceivable hazard present but identifies the significant risks inherent with incidents involving acetylene cylinders or other forms of acetylene storage. This document suggests control measures that may be used to effectively deal with such occurrences.

The assessment is particular to firefighting, rescue or other operations, at locations where acetylene may be stored and/or used in a variety of commercial and domestic settings e.g.:

  • motor vehicle garages, scrapyards and other metal fabrication businesses

  • industrial areas where there may be bulk storage of acetylene in tanks and cylinders of various sizes including internal pipelines and manifold arrangements of incorporating banks of cylinders

  • farms and other agricultural premises, where unused, used and derelict cylinders may be present

  • transport vehicles both delivering acetylene and also carrying acetylene cylinders

  • members of the public who carry out DIY repairs using oxy acetylene welding equipment.

This, as for all generic risk assessments, provides a starting point for Fire and Rescue Authorities to conduct their own assessments within the context of local conditions and existing organisational arrangements.

Extent 17 pages ISBN 9780117540712
Size A4 Price £20.99
Format Loose leaf with binder holes Published 08 May 2014
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