Hazard Incidents in industry
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
This section contains generic control measures that should be applied when dealing with any incident in an industrial site, whatever the context, size or complexity.
There are many types of working environments in industry, some of which will present the hazards associated with utilities and fuel, working at height or in enclosed spaces. A variety of different physical, health and environmental hazards may pose significant risks to fire and rescue service personnel, other responders and members of the public, regardless of the incident type.
The guidance presumes that businesses and organisations are complying with relevant regulations. Breaches in health and safety legislation or regulations at an industrial site may make fire and rescue service attendance more hazardous.
Illegal activities can present significant hazards to fire and rescue service personnel. Such activities include:
- Setting malicious (booby) traps
- Cultivating and producing illegal drugs
- Illegal activity involving electricity (see National Operational Guidance: Utilities and fuel)
- Illegal storage of hazardous materials, such as fireworks or fuel
- Unregulated building alterations affecting layout, stability and fire protection
- Unapproved change of use
There may be business interruption as a result of some incidents, resulting in significant impact (including financial losses) to businesses, or disruption to infrastructure and communities.
In such an event, the incident commander may be put under pressure by businesses or the wider community. It may be necessary to assist with business resumption to minimise the impact of the incident.
There is the potential for litigation and for the reputation of the fire and rescue service to be damaged, if they do not consider business continuity plans.
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