When considering fire risk assessments, it is useful to understand the definition of fire hazard.
Information is key, fire risk assessments are critical in ensuring your staff are safe and know how to react. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.
Premise information boxes carrying accurate and detailed data of your business allows secure access to anybody that needs it 24 hours a day.
A fire hazard has two components balanced against each other, one is the possibility of a fire occurring and the other magnitude of consequences of that fire. For example, a metal fabrication workshop has a high possibility of a fire due to the cutting and welding equipment. But providing the house keeping is good and no combustible substances are present, then a fire is not likely to spread, so the consequences is low, therefore the risk can be considered to be normal or even low.
In the case of a waste transfer station an occurrence is highly likely because of the products used and the equipment required for the process. The consequences are also very high because any fire would have rapid development, consequently it would have to be considered a very high risk.
These risks can be reduced to acceptable levels by various methods including good housekeeping, specially designed electric apparatus, high value equipment located away from the risk, cooling watches and areas of containment.
When evaluating the measures needed or proposed and deciding what would be acceptable then the principle of ALARP (as low as reasonably possible) should be used.
Premise information boxes carrying accurate and detailed data of your business in a nationally recognised format ensures that 24 hours a day the emergency services.
Premises Information Boxes (PIB’s) are a nationally recognised system of making information available to emergency services that is specific to your premises 24 hours a day.
Passing the right information to the emergency services in a nationally recognised format at the earliest possiblity helps to achieve fast, safe and effective intervention.
Premise Information Boxes are an easily recognised key safe that every fire appliance in your area has access to. By detailing the location of water supplies, fixed firefighting systems, areas of increased risk or hazards and surrounding risks, isolation points and other information allow emergency crews to make faster and focused attacks on fire and emergencies to mitigate risk and reduce damage.
Fire Suppression Systems
As an independent broker Helios Solutions are able to specify, design and supply fire suppression systems with a non-bias approach ensuring the most suitable solution is provided for any given risk. This is achieved by utilising the experience and knowledge of the best system manufactures, all of whom have well established working relationships proving their longevity, global expertise and skills in multiple industries.
Fireward are very well established in the waste sector with two main products, a stored pressure system for mobile plant and water deluge systems for waste reception areas. Fireward stored pressure systems strike a good balance between fast acting and robustness preventing false alarms.
Rosenbauer’s turret extinguishing systems are used where sprinkler and spray water systems offer insufficient protection or could lead to high consequential damage. The extinguishing process is fully automated thanks to the use of turrets in combination with an infrared camera. With turret systems, the extinguishing agent can be utilized in a targeted manner.Turret extinguishing systems offer protection for all types of buildings, objects and materials thanks to their flexibility.
PYROsmart is a specially developed camera and software system which precisely detects temperature irregularities in real time. The system focuses on the critical indicators of where a fire might start and recognises potential fire risks early on – BEFORE a fire breaks out. PYROsmart consists of a highly sensitive infrared thermal imaging camera and a video camera in an enclosed casing. Using a specially developed pan and tilt drive, the system constantly scans radiometric high-resolution data of the area being monitored. All the recorded data is assimilated to an accurately detailed thermographic panoramic image using our patented software (abiroVision®).
AMFE (Automatic Miniature Fire Extinguisher) reliably protects devices and equipment in industry, household and consumer electronics such as cabinets, home appliances, televisions, etc. against the dangers of fires. The AMFE detects and extinguishes a fire inside devices, preventing the spread of a fire.
Cold Fire® is a liquid that can be used inside the RM Turret Rosenbauer® systems, or as a separate extinguishing solution. Cold Fire™ safely removes intense heat on contact on any surface. It is 100% environmentally friendly as it is plant based, its non-toxic, non-corrosive and completely bio-degradable.
Emergency First Response Team Training
What happens in the first few minutes of an incident in your business can have a knock-on effect for years to come.
With ever-increasing demands on our emergency services, effective response times continue to be pushed to the limit. Ambulance Service ‘Red Calls’ and Fire & Rescue Service ‘ Confirmed Fires’ and ‘Persons Reported’ calls are experiencing some of the longest response times ever seen.
With attendance times reaching well beyond 10 minutes what is practically achievable to prevent a fire becoming a protracted and costly incident is becoming more and more limited and time wasted between an injury and definitive medical care can never be short enough.
Emergency First Response Team Training has been designed to allow staff to SAFELY and effectively make the most of those initial few minutes that can make all the difference before the emergency services arrive.
Raising the alarm & Relaying the Correct Information
Identifying the best methods for raising the alarm across your site is key to getting help on its way however, calling for help is only half the story. Information gathering is vital to ensure that the correct response is actioned in any incident.
Relaying correct, concise and timely information to site staff and the emergency services can be the difference between early prevention and timely loss.
Hand Held Extinguisher Training
Most incidents are witnessed early, with the right hand held firefighting equipment, training a positive response staff can return production to normal in minutes.
Muster & Plan
Do your staff know what to do when the alarm is raised and how would you account for your transient staff such as drivers? Will you be able to get your vehicles near the site if the emergency services are on scene? Muster & Plan helps you to put procedures into place to re-route drivers, ensure all your staff and visitors are safe and how to continue operations during and after an incident.
Use of Fixed Fire Suppression Systems
From hose reels to automatic fire suppression systems, using the resources to hand gives you the added edge. Training shows you how to maximise fixed firefighting equipment to its full potential.
Initial Fire Attack
90 seconds or less.
Once your emergency response team has completed our training that’s the average time taken from raising the alarm to delivering water onto a fire.
Safety Officers & Incident Command
Nobody is under any illusion, having an emergency response team brings its own challenges and safety concerns. Safety Officer training ensures that your teams are safe whilst carrying out any intervention and never put themselves in harm’s way. Your staff are not firefighters, we are training your staff to respond safely to the threat of fire and other emergencies.
Arrival of Emergency Services
If you need the help of the professionals there are many actions your teams can take to assist on their arrival. Information gathered and equipment already in use will speed the deployment of emergency services personnel helping to bring the incident to a conclusion sooner.
Close of Incident
Cooling watches, turning over and damping down, Identification of post incident hazards are all considerations take must be taken into account to prevent injury and recurrences.
Advanced First Aid & Trauma Management
Look at the operations of your site, what are the potential hazards and risks? Would you staff be able to deal with a serious injury with only minimal first aid at work training? Our trauma training packages can be tailor made to cover the likely injuries to be sustained in your business from minor breaks and burns to crush injuries to major trauma.