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Control measure

Identify the presence of pressurised containers

Control measure knowledge

Firefighters should access available Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI) and question the site management and staff. This should include establishing the location of any portable machinery and equipment that is powered using pressurised containers.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out pre-planning and site inspections to identify and record the type, quantity and location of cylinders that a site might hold
  • Use site visits as an opportunity to discuss the likelihood of pressurised containers being located in stacks with the site managers
  • Retain information as part of pre-planning documentation and risk information

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Liaise with site staff about the contents of the stack
  • Identify whether there is any likelihood of illegal fly tipping on-site
  • Brief crews on the possibility of cylinders being involved
  • Use safety officers in all sectors to constantly identify the type of waste involved
  • Identify the presence of pressurised containers, gas cylinders and other hazardous materials