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Revised Fire Prevention Plans pulls Trade bodies together

Fire prevention is key to controlling the risk but if the rules are unworkable then any good will be lost.

Trade associations from the waste and recycling sector have joined forces to lobby the Environment Agency (EA) over its recently revised fire prevention plan (FPP) guidance.

According to an article on the CIWM Journal site, The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA), the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), UROC (United Resource Operators Consortium) and the Resource Association all believe the latest Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) guidance issued by the EA will have a major negative impact on the sector if left in its current state.

The article goes on to say that the trade bodies fear the guidance is too restrictive and could force operators out of business or drastically reduce their capacities to recycle.“Other areas in the sector are facing the same issues and we’re hoping by joining our efforts together we will have a stronger voice with which to raise our concerns and show they are industry wide.”

The trade bodies are keen to see a holistic approach to fire prevention and want to be part of the solution, working collaboratively with the regulators to achieve more bespoke permits. The EA has said that the guidance is flexible, proportionate and risk based, but the associations do not feel this is currently being achieved.

Peter Taylor OBE, Secretary General at the Tyre Recovery Association, said: “For many years the TRA and other associations have been trying to independently engage with the EA on this critical subject. However, despite those efforts, the EA has only ever ‘heard’ not ‘listened’ to the point. I am delighted we are now moving forward as a joint force to further those discussions with the EA before our industry suffers any further.”

We reported on this subject back in September and we are aware that MVDA has been talking with the EA to try and encourage a more sector specific approach to fire prevention as they recognise that much of the new guidelines for the waste sector as a whole are not directly applicable to the vehicle dismantling sector, and that this industry has it’s own specific risks. We shall keep you up to date of future developments.

You can read the full article from the CIWM Journal here

January 2017

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