A Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) is a document required and enforced by the Environment Agency as a condition of an Environmental Permit. Any site storing or treating flammable waste is required to have a Fire Prevention Plan in place.
Fire prevention plans are comprehensive documents and are assessed according to the current FPP guidance. 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. FPPs have come about due to the high number of fires that have been reported at waste management sites and the EA now requires that this FPP is pre-approved before an environmental permit can be issued.
The FPP typically includes the following
- Waste stockpile sizes & locations
- Firewalls or Separation distances of a min 6m between stockpiles
- Calculations on Firefighting water availability and also volumes of water.
- The amount of fire-water you can hold on 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
Fire Prevention Plans are difficult to agree, lengthy and time consuming. If you do this yourself, you may have to submit several versions of your FPP before it is approved and consideration of third and subsequent submissions of an FPP attract an additional fee from the Agency.
AC Environmental have produced numerous FPP’s for sites of all types to accompany many environmental permit applications and we can therefore help you get your approved FPP and permit.
Call us for guidance on what is required and how an FPP will affect your site on 01782 308444.