Are the Environment Agency requiring you to produce a Fire Prevention Plan?
A Fire Prevention Plan is a document required and enforced by the Environment Agency as a condition of an Environmental Permit. Larger, high risk sites, and sites applying for new or varied environmental permits are being tasked with producing plans designed to minimise the risk of fire and to mitigate the effects of any fire. Good news for all you would think, but the implementation of this has been problematic with a number of revisions to guidance and how the plans are assessed by the Agency.
Formerly Fire Prevention Plans were assessed by a specialists Fire Prevention team, but this was disbanded in Spring 2017 and Fire Prevention Plans are now assessed by Agency officers in the regions, some of whom have little experience in the field. On occasion the demands of Agency officers would result in businesses closing and it’s important to negotiate alternative solutions that achieve the aims of the Plans without damaging your business.
What this means is that Fire Prevention Plans are difficult to agree, lengthy and time consuming. What is perhaps more important is that for many operators, a Fire Prevention Plan may mean significant changes to their site operation and even infrastructure. One of our clients was faced with a bill of over £200,000 for changes to site infrastructure until we got involved and negotiated an alternative solution with the Agency.
If you’re being asked to provide a Fire Prevention Plan, you may want to take some advice and consider letting us help you. We’ve a good track record of success in negotiating sensible plans with the Agency, give us a call on 01782 349308 and let us help you through this difficult process.