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Control measure
Welfare

Control measure knowledge

Adopting appropriate welfare arrangements at operational incidents will assist with the safe and effective management of personnel and provide them with welfare support, whether physical or psychological. By having effective arrangements for the management of welfare and physical wellbeing at incidents, fire and rescue services will support several key elements of the safe person principles.

Consideration should be given to work rotation, rest, recovery and reliefs taking account of activities undertaken and weather conditions. At protracted incidents provision should be made for suitable sanitary conveniences and hygiene facilities; an adequate supply of drinking water should be provided for all personnel.

See: Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make suitable arrangements to provide welfare for personnel at protracted operational incidents including shelter, drinking water, hygiene and sanitary conveniences.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the effects of geography on equipment logistics, casualties and crew welfare

  • Provide first aid equipment to crews deployed to areas with no immediate medical assistance

  • Consider requesting facilities for the welfare of crews deployed at protracted incidents