Some businesses may need to store tyres from time to time and this presents a heightened risk.
Tyres pose a severe fire hazard and can result in significant losses to property if set alight. A stack of tyres is a tempting target for arsonists as they burn rapidly and emit intense heat and large amounts of dense smoke. These characteristics all hamper fire-fighting efforts.
Store tyres in a securely fenced-off location that is locked whenever premises are unoccupied. Keep stored tyres away from buildings and other property assets. Tyres should also be kept away from the property’s perimeter fences to minimise the threat of arson.
Effective fire-fighting equipment should be on hand at all times, along with sufficient water flow and pressure as fighting tyre fires requires more water than most other combustible materials.
Workplace safety around combustible and hazardous materials
Accidental fire is always a risk wherever employees are working in the proximity of combustible and hazardous materials.
Any work involving a potential source of ignition through heat generation, sparking or open flame, should only be conducted in a safe environment well away from any combustible, flammable or hazardous materials.
Work activities that present a particular risk include:
- Hot riveting, and
- Flame heating.
If this kind of work is carried out in your business on a regular basis, consider a designated area, segregated from adjacent areas, constructed from non-combustible or fire resistant material.
Keep the designated area free from all combustible and flammable materials. The area should be equipped with suitable fire extinguishers, automatic sprinklers or heat detectors, and mechanical ventilation for fumes.
Smoking also presents challenges in workplaces where combustible or hazardous materials are stored. Blanket bans on smoking may encourage illicit smoking in potentially hazardous areas. Having a designated smoking area may be a safer option.
Any designated smoking area should be in a safe location away from:
- Building entrances
- Combustible or flammable materials
- Enclosed spaces or thoroughfares, or
- Air conditioning inlets.
Provide appropriate bins for the safe disposal of cigarette butts. Consider introducing a free Quit program to encourage employees to kick the habit.
Whatever the type of business, there is likely to be some level of fire risk from combustible, flammable or hazardous materials. Consider these risks in your business continuity plan and risk management planning.
For information on managing risks in your business, contact Westlawn Insurance Brokers on 1300 WESTLAWN (1300 937 852) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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