Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 6, No. 10, October 2014
Risk Control: Fires
In the scrap industry, the most common concerns for property exposures are fire and theft. The following are some key fire exposures.
Torch work presents an ignition hazard, so combustible materials should not be placed within 50 feet of the cutting area. All torch cutting should be conducted in accordance with the local fire code and NFPA 51B, along with the use of shielding equipment to prevent ignition caused by hot slag or sparks. Fire extinguishing equipment should be kept on the premises, and if the cutting takes place inside a building, automatic sprinklers should be considered for additional protection.
In the event of a fire, it is possible for scrap piles to ignite and spread to other piles. All scrap piles should be kept 50 feet apart from one another and from buildings. All storage and stockpiling must be in accordance with the local fire code. An effective fire safety and emergency response plan should be set up to maximize safety efforts. Accessible fire hydrants providing full coverage throughout the yard would provide additional fire protection.
Fuel tanks should be arranged in accordance with the local fire code, and should be equipped with proper impact protection and secondary containment.
Mobile Equipment Fire Exposure
All mobile equipment should be fitted out with adequately sized portable fire extinguishers. All operators of such equipment should be trained on the use of fire extinguishers. An effective preventative maintenance program should be in place to address the electrical, fuel, braking, exhaust, and hydraulic systems. Fixed automatic suppression systems for major mobile equipment are recommended.
CARI’s Consumers’ Night
Hyatt Regency Hotel Toronto
Monday, October 20, 2014
This event is the premier networking opportunity for the Canadian recycling industry. You’ll have a chance to talk to representatives from some of the biggest consumers in North America. Don’t miss out!
Early registration ends October 13.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
October 22–23 in Orlando, FL
BIR 2014 Autumn Round Tables
October 26–28 in Paris, France
OARA Trade Show & Convention
March 26–28, 2015 in Toronto, ON
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
130 Albert Street Suite 1906
Ottawa, On K1P 5G4