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February 08, 2021

Hazard - Inaccurate situational awareness: Underground structures

Site-specific risk information and Emergency response plan control measures updated as part of Review of Operations 3rd edition - knock on impact removal from hazards in other pieces of guidance


February 05, 2021

Tactical Action - Consider applying appropriate controls for explosive atmospheres if a gas supply system may be affected

Tactical Action - Seek specialist assistance to make the utility system safe

Tactical Action - Inform emergency responders about the presence of a potentially hazardous utility system

Strategic Action - Establish arrangements with local utility suppliers and maintain up-to-date emergency contact details in their fire control rooms


February 04, 2021

Tactical Action - Adopt defensive tactics until the utility system is isolated

Control measure - Adopt defensive tactics until the utility system is isolated


January 27, 2021

Control measure - Respiratory protective equipment

Link added to BA foundation


January 26, 2021

Control measure - Personal protective equipment

Formatting revised

Control measure - Personal protective equipment: Electrical gloves

Minor change - title updated - removal of capital letters


January 12, 2021

Hazard - On-site machinery

Changes to list and format to align with agreed publication - No significant change


December 14, 2020

Control measure - Arrangements to deal with firefighter emergencies


November 26, 2020

Control measure - Assess current and forecast weather conditions

Training guidance link updated


November 25, 2020

Control measure - Effective communication


October 14, 2020

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.


September 22, 2020

Tactical Action - Ensure equipment receives appropriate after use inspection and testing before changing its availability status

Minor addition of the word 'its' for grammar

Tactical Action - Ensure personnel cover open wounds, cuts and grazes with a waterproof dressing prior to operational activity

Revised wording and updated introductory statement


September 21, 2020

Strategic Action - Specify the type of RPE required for hazards identified through risk assessments and communicate this information to personnel

Revised wording

Strategic Action - Provide personnel with suitable and appropriate RPE that fits and protects the wearer

Revised wording

Strategic Action - Provide appropriate accommodation (storage) for PPE when it is not being used

Minor change - Revised wording


August 10, 2020

Hazard - Uncontrolled ventilation: Underground structures

Style guide change gasses changed to gases


July 31, 2020

Tactical Action - Consider appointing a safety officer to assist with maintaining the health and safety of people within their sector

Strategic Action - Ensure there is resilience in operational communication strategies and equipment 


July 28, 2020

Strategic Action - Identify suitably competent personnel who can be appointed as safety officers or safety sector commanders

Tactical Action - Ensure that the location of personnel is accurately reported and recorded

Tactical Action - Exchange information about the incident with fire control rooms in a timely way

Strategic Action - Ensure that they have appropriate communications systems in place at incidents

Strategic Action - Establish the command competencies, training, validation and revalidation required for situational awareness

Control measure - Situational awareness

Tactical Action - Use situational awareness to anticipate the likely development of the incident and evaluate the potential consequences of a range of actions

Control measure - Situational awareness

Tactical Action - Maintain situational awareness and identify changes during the incident through active monitoring

Control measure - Situational awareness

Strategic Action - Establish the command competencies, training, validation and revalidation required for situational awareness


July 27, 2020

Control measure - Situational awareness

Tactical Action - Confirm any assumptions made are accurate to support situational awareness

Strategic Action - Consider providing methods of communicating with people at an incident who cannot understand questions ...

Strategic Action - Put in place appropriate contingency arrangements for the failure of technology or the unavailability ...

Strategic Action - Ensure that incident commanders have access to sources of information that can inform situational awareness

Strategic Action - Establish the command competencies, training, validation and revalidation required for situational awareness

Strategic Action - Establish the command competencies, training, validation and revalidation required for situational awareness

Control measure - Situational awareness

Control measure - Situational awareness


July 20, 2020

Hazard - Electricity


July 10, 2020

Hazard - Ineffective communications: Above ground structures

Incident command review approved by Steering Group 05/05/2020. Impact of review.incident command communication removed - replaced with Effective communication

Hazard - Unsecured items falling from height

Hazard - Fragile surface or ground conditions


July 08, 2020

Hazard - Ineffective communications: Above ground structures


July 06, 2020

Control measure - Use appropriate work equipment

Prior changed to before - grammatical inaccuracy Approved by M Hodges


July 03, 2020

Control measure - Cordon controls