Reducing fire risk at waste management sites – consultation on UK draft Fire Control Guidance

Published:  27 June, 2014

‘There is an urgent need to issue guidance – our industry keeps suffering serious fires’ – Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum.

The guidance has been prepared by safety professionals and ESA (Environmental Services Association), with input from the Environment Agency (EA), The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health and Safety Laboratories, the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and other bodies such as the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum and insurance companies.

The guidance gives general advice which will be applicable to a wide range of waste management and similar sites which handle wastes, but it does not cover every specific aspect of all forms of waste management type operation. Future guidance produced by sector specific bodies or on specific waste management technologies is expected to sit under this guidance to add detail to the general considerations.

It aims to give an overview of fire management on solid waste management sites and to provide advice applicable to such sites. It is not the intent to provide a comprehensive guide on all aspects of fire safety; to duplicate general fire management guidance which is available elsewhere or provide in-depth technical advice.


1. Introduction and risks

2. Scope of guidance

3. Assessments, plans and technical standards

4. Whole site considerations

5. Waste reception

6. Waste treatment and processing

7. Waste storage

8. Disclaimer

Appendix 1: Managing external storage stacks

Appendix 2: Producing an accident/emergency plan

Appendix 3: Checklists – simple checklists for you to use to check you are managing fire risk at your site

Appendix 4: Useful links and further reading

Appendix 5: Glossary

Appendix 6: Draft guidance consultation cover letter text

All comments on this draft should be directed to Stephen Freeland of ESA (Environmental Services Association) at

The deadline for comments is Friday 25 July 2014.

You can download a copy of the draft guidance below.

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