by Jamie McPhie
June 28, 2018
Being motor-trade health and safety specialists we deal a lot with the storage of waste flammable substances, we tend to pick up on common issues that all of our clients face. It is our aim to pick up on these hazards and offer best practice and reasonable solutions to help keep your staff and business safe!
In an ideal world, there would be no hazardous materials or processes used whilst at work; however, realistically we know - particularly in the motor vehicle repair industry - that this just isn’t possible. Nonetheless, what we can do is manage hazards in order to minimise the risk as much as possible. Recently we have been looking at the storage of waste flammable substances on premises and, in particular, waste flammables that are stored on site awaiting collection.
We all know that fire is relentless, and if not controlled can destroy property and families in seconds. Because of this we not only want to avoid a fire from starting full stop, but, if a fire does start we want to ensure that there are as many control measures in place as possible to limit the spread of fire, and therefore the damage caused. One of the control measures that can be put in place is safe storage of waste flammable substances. During recent visits it has been noted that waste flammables such as mixed fuels, waste thinner etc are stored inside the premises, with no lids or means of safely pouring flammable substances into the containers. This clearly poses a high risk of further damage in the event.
Unfortunately in the motor vehicle repair industry, it is inevitable that waste flammable substances are produced and stored as part of the processes undertaken. However, below is a list of things that can be done to make your site safer.
By following the above steps this can prevent a fire from starting or limit the damage caused in the event of a fire. If you have any questions or queries regarding this article or any other health and safety related issue then please get in touch with a member of our team and we will be glad to assist.