Tips for Avoiding Hazardous Substance-related Fires

Accidents can be prevented if correct procedures are in place. Sometimes it’s the more simple tasks that can slip under the radar in the risk assessment process, which can prove to be fatal in relation to higher-risk industries or practices.

  1. Always undertake a risk assessment for all tasks where hazardous substances could be released, either intentionally or unintentionally. This involves detailed analysis of what could go wrong in a process, and what the outcomes could be, such as a fire or explosion.
  2. Introduce control measures to preferably eliminate the risk entirely or, if that is not possible, to reduce the risk as far as reasonably practicable. Ensure that only designated, trained personnel are allowed in the vicinity, and that only the minimum amount of substance needed is stored or used on the premises.
  3. Isolate processes and equipment, to ensure that hazardous substances cannot leak and escape into the air. Ensure, where possible, that good ventilation is in place before any work takes place.
  4. In relation to flammable substances, take measures to avoid ignition sources, such as welding, in the area. Make sure that all maintenance work is properly planned, and takes into consideration any substances in the area.
  5. Have detailed emergency plans in place and safe operating procedures to ensure that staff know how to do their job safely and what to do in the event of something going wrong.

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