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Monday 20th August 2018 15:22PM GMT

Working with fire & flammables

HSG168 fire safety in construction

Guidance for clients, designers and those managing and carrying out construction work involving significant fire risks

This is the second edition of Fire safety in construction, first published in 1997.

Although the construction industry’s performance has improved over the past decade, the rates of death, serious injury and ill health for construction site workers are still too high. When construction activities are not adequately controlled, children and other members of the public can also be killed or injured, and property adjacent to construction sites be put at risk – for example, from a site fire large enough to spread off-site.

The guidance will be useful to all those who have a role in the development, management and application of fire safety standards on construction sites, ie clients, designers, contractors and CDM co-ordinators. It will also support those with legal responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, while helping site managers with the day-to-day management of fire risks on site.

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The spraying of flammable liquids

Extensive guidance, for managers and supervisors who control spraying operations, designed to reduce the risk of associated fire and explosion. Reflects the fact that the most widely used industry method of applying paints, lacquers, coats and varnishes is via spray. Accordingly, ten of the most recognised hazards, either involving liquids directly or their vapours, are examined. Chief among these is any lack of awareness of the flammability of many sprays.

While other more obvious dangers, eg smoking, are also considered, less apparent risks, such as the proximity of unprotected electrical equipment or overspray onto walls or floors, are explored. The guidance core concentrates on safety controls under the following key headings: spray methods, spray areas, handling, storage, inspection and maintenance.

While the technical content of this guidance remains substantially correct, some of the legislation referred to has been superseded. The Highly Flammable Liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gases Regulations 1972 have been replaced by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).

Legislation covering 'General' Fire Safety is now devolved. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Act 2005 applies in England and Wales, and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 applies in Scotland.

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Safe use and handling of flammable liquids

Addressed to those with responsibility for use of flammable liquids in general work activities, including batch or small scale chemical processing. The primary emphasis is naturally on the headline risks of fire and explosion hazards. Accordingly, safety specialists and trade organisations or associations may use this as a basis for more specific guidance for their own members. Refers to flammable liquids with a flashpoint of 55 °C or below.

The publication has a four-fold intention to: increase awareness of the hazards and the precautions needed when using such liquids; advise on safe operating procedures; offer guidance on the appropriate standards for plant and equipment; and advise on the need for appropriate fire precautions, maintenance, training and good housekeeping.

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