Fire Prevention – Liaising with Contractors
November 27th, 2014
Following procedures and guidelines can help prevent accidental fires when contractors are carrying out work. We suggest the following precautions:
A Method Statement is required from a contractor before any work is carried out so as to reduce the increased risk of fire, particularly if there is any ‘Hot Work’ e.g.:-
- Cutting or welding,
- Blowlamps, blowtorches and hot air strippers,
- Angle grinders, cutting discs and abrasive wheels,
- Tar boilers.
All hot work should be carried out under a Hot-Work Permit Scheme to ensure that:-
- The area is first cleared of combustible material and flooring or items that cannot be removed are covered or screened with a non-combustible material.
- Combustible material is removed from the opposite sides of walls, partitions and other heat conducting elements in the immediate vicinity of the work.
- Suitable fire extinguishers are available with staff trained in their use.
- A ’watch for fire’ is maintained whilst the work is in progress.