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Control measure

Situational awareness: Industry

Control measure knowledge

Information gathering

It may be difficult for fire and rescue service personnel to appreciate the wide range of working environments and hazards that they may be exposed to in different types of industry and to understand how they are managed and controlled. Pre-planning visits, especially for complex or hazardous sites, will enhance operational intelligence.

Liaison with on-site staff should be a priority, to assist in information gathering, assessing the situation and making informed decisions. If on-site staff are not available, warning signs, site information or instructions may assist with information gathering.

Site-Specific Risk Information

Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI) should contain information about the hazards present on the site including:

  • Processes used
  • On-site machinery
  • On-site vehicles
  • Equipment and heavy machinery
  • Hazardous materials used

Accessing up-to-date SSRI is particularly important at industrial premises.

Due to the large number of risks in a fire and rescue service’s area it may not be possible to visit all sites, and information may change between visits. Whenever possible information should be confirmed with a responsible person and risk assessments based on available risk information, scene survey and visual indicators.

For more information refer to Site-Specific Risk Information.

Emergency response plans

Emergency response plans for a site may contain important information such as the size of hazard areas for industrial sites or temporary evacuation strategies for large public gatherings, such as music festivals.

For more information refer to Emergency response plans.

Hazardous materials

Hazardous materials may be stored, used or be a by-product of the processes at a site. It is important to identify if hazardous materials are involved and implement the appropriate control measures for any substances identified.

For more information refer to Scene survey: Hazardous materials.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out pre-planning site visits and inspections to gain risk information regarding industrial sites which can be made available to responding personnel
  • Record information regarding hazards of industry and any existing hazard mitigation in SSRI

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Confirm the size, type and use of the site
  • Confirm site occupancy and involvement of people within the hazard area
  • Access emergency response plans and SSRI for sites and venues

  • Obtain information from fixed systems such as closed circuit television (CCTV) or monitoring systems
  • Identify if any hazardous materials are stored, used or produced on site