According to a study by the NSW Planning Dept and NSW Fire and Rescue, there are two components to a fire ‘system’: the physical or hardware components (for example, smoke detectors, alarms and fire sprinklers) and the operational arrangements or software (for example, maintenance, testing, training and emergency planning).
Importance of Prevention
Too often fire safety systems are seen merely as an adjunct to a warehouse or a storage facility and are not integrated into design and management. The importance of prevention in the overall system cannot be emphasised enough. The hazard potential and the risk of death or injury, property loss, or damage to the biophysical environment are at least as dependent on the design and layout and the management of a facility as on the nature of the activities involved and the nature and quantity of hazardous materials.
- AS 1020 SAA Static Electricity Code
- AS 1216 Class labels for dangerous goods
- AS 1221 Fire hose reels
- AS 1596 SAA LP gas code
- AS 1768 Lightning protection
- AS 1850 Portable extinguishers classification, rating and performance testing
- AS 1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment (set)
- AS 1940 The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids
- AS 2118 Automatic fire sprinkler systems
- AS 2419 Fire hydrant installations
- AS 2441 Installation of fire hose reels
- AS 2444 Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets – Selection and location
In addition to Australian Standards, publications of the British Standards Institution, the American Petroleum Institute and the FPA may be useful.
The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail is an important reference. particularly for transportation related aspects.
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is also an important source.
NOTE: This list is intended to serve as a guide and is not exhaustive.
The Key Effective Fire Prevention is Fire Hazard Identification
The first step involves the identification of all possibly hazardous materials, processes and incidents; in particular, those associated with flammables and combustibles. The possible internal and external causes of incidents should also be identified. For example warehouse dangerous goods storage, which is covered by the “Storage and Handling of Workplace Dangerous Goods” NATIONAL STANDARD [NOHSC:1015(2001)]
Fire Safety Study FlowChart (NSW Planning)
Identification of fire hazards and the consequences of possible fire incidents;
- fire prevention strategies and measures;
- analysis of the requirements for fire detection and protection and identification of the specific measures to be implemented;
- calculation of fire fighting water supply and demand;
- containment of contaminated fire fighting water;
- first aid fire protection requirements.
Correct Identification of Fire Safety Hazards is an obligation, as a warehouse or facilty owner/operator, that you must stay on top of. The consequencies of not being in compliance can be devastating. If you have any concerns relating to your fire safety standards, we are always on call to answer any questions you may have..
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