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Fire safety at waste sites

In the UK, there is an accidental fire at a waste site every day. We are working closely with the Environment Agency to reduce the number of accidental fires in this industry.

If you own or manage a waste site, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) requires you to carry out a fire risk assessment.

There is other fire safety legislation, such as Environmental Permitting Regulations Fire Prevention Plans, that you must also comply with.

This can all be dealt with as part of the same process and may include:

  • Identification and management of ignition sources.
  • Organisation and management of combustible waste.
  • Detection and suppression of fires.
  • Site drainage and pollution control arrangements.
  • Impacts on the local environment and critical infrastructure.
  • Actions to be taken in the event of fire.

The nature of the risks and the control measures required to reduce them, will be similar and related, and as such will allow for the majority to be collectively managed.

In most cases it is illegal to burn waste on commercial sites unless you have appropriate exemptions. You can read about these on the website:

The Environment Agency site has more information on Fire Prevention Plans and environmental permits.

For further advice or enquiries call the Environment Agency national customer contact centre on 03708 506506 or email