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FIRE PREVENTION PLAN 1.0 Introduction

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that operations are carried out in compliance with “The Joint Code of Practice on the Protection from Fire of Construction Sites and Buildings undergoing Renovation”. 2.0 2.1 Procedure Work Package Contractors – Sub Contractors All contractors will be required to comply with BNHJV’s procedure for Fire Prevention on Construction Sites. The contractor is further required to inform BNHJV of the name of their appointed Site Fire Safety Co-ordinator, prior to commencing operations on site and where appropriate submit their Site Fire Safety Plan to BNHJV’s Site Fire Safety Co-ordinator. 2.2 Plant Hire All plant hire companies will ensure that all vehicular plant equipped with a cabin is provided with a suitable fire extinguisher. It is the Plant Hire Company’s responsibility to ensure that the extinguisher(s) are maintained and regularly inspected at periods recommended by the extinguisher manufacturer. The Plant Hire Company shall also ensure that any operative is familiar with this requirement and is aware of the precautions required during plant re-fuelling. 2.3 On commencement of the works BNHJV will appoint a Site Fire Safety Co-ordinator who will assess the degree of fire risk throughout the contract and update the procedure as required. The Fire Safety Co-ordinator will also: (i) Ensure that all procedures, precautionary measures and safety standards, are clearly understood and complied with by all those on this project. Where required ensure that a system using Hot Work permits is established and monitor compliance. Carry out weekly checks of fire fighting equipment and test all alarm and detection devices installed on site. Conduct weekly inspections of escape routes, fire brigade access, fire fighting facilities and work areas. Liase with the local fire brigade including arranging site inspections and familiarisation tours.

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Maintain a written record of all checks, inspections, tests, fire patrols and fire drill procedures.

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(vi)

Regularly monitor and check the detailed arrangements and actual procedures for calling the fire brigade. During an alarm, execute those duties required for the safe evacuation of the site and ensure that all staff and visitors report to the assembly points. Promote “a fire safe working environment” at all times. In Particular the Fire Brigade will be

(vii)

(viii) 2.4

Liaison with the emergency service is essential. provided with site plans detailing: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)

Fire Brigade access; fire fighting shafts, fire lifts and temporary hoist facilities. Dedicated emergency escape routes and staircases Positions of dry riser inlets and. Fire points Temporary Building(s) and stores within buildings. Hazardous items, e.g. flammable liquids, gas cylinders, gas mains, electrical risers, temporary holes in floor slabs

2.5

Emergency Procedures (i) On all sites, including temporary accommodation and the building under construction, a means of warning of fire will be established. The Fire Safety Co-ordinator in conjunction with the Safety Department will assess the practicalities of the systems available and will thereafter make arrangements for the installation and maintenance of a suitable fire alarm system. Handbells, whistles, klaxons or manually operated sounders may be practical, so long as they are clearly audible above background noise and can be readily identified as being a fire alarm. Written “Emergency Procedures” will be displayed in prominent locations and explained to all employees on site, detailing escape routes and assembly points. Clear signs will be installed and maintained in prominent positions indicating the location of fire access routes, escape routes and position of fire extinguishers and dry riser inlets etc. Clear access and egress to the site and buildings will be maintained at all times.

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(v) Identified personnel will be appointed and given key tasks in the event of an emergency.

2.6

Portable Fire Extinguishers The Fire Safety Co-ordinator in conjunction with the Safety Department will assess the requirements for portable fire extinguishers and must thereafter establish procedures to ensure: (i) An adequate number of suitable types of portable fire extinguishers are available throughout the site. Divisional Stores will provide Fire Points, which will comprise of a red box containing two water/gas extinguishers (or alternatively two ASSF Multi Purpose Foam extinguishers) and one CO2 extinguisher. Fire Extinguishers will be located in conspicuous positions on each floor and stored in red painted boxes with FIRE POINT sign at a readily seen height. To protect electrical distribution panels and items of electrical equipment, appropriate extinguishers such as CO2 will be provided close to the equipment concerned As work progresses the adequacy of portable fire fighting equipment will be reviewed. Fire extinguishers, hydrants and other fire protection equipment will be maintained and regularly inspected to a schedule established by the Site Fire Safety Co-ordinator.

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(iv)

2.7

Hot Work (i) The Fire Safety Co-ordinator will liase with sub contractor staff to review all operations and locations where Hot Work “Permits to Work” will apply (seeappended permit). Site Management will thereafter establish procedures to ensure that all relevant direct and sub contracted operations are carried out in compliance with this requirement. Regardless of whether a “permit to Work” is required the undernoted precautions must be applied (a) Before starting hot work, the area must be cleared of all loose combustible material and if work is to take place on one side of a wall or partition, the opposite side must be examined to ensure no combustible material will be ignited by conducted heat.

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(b)

Suitable extinguishers of appropriate type must be at hand with a careful watch being maintained for fire breaking out whilst work is in progress. Exposed wooden flooring and other items of combustible material, which cannot be removed, must be covered with sand or other noncombustible material. When welding, cutting or grinding, the work area must be suitable screened using non-combustible material.

(c)

(d)

(e)

Gas cylinders must be secured in a vertical position and fitted with a regulator and flashback arrester. “Tar” boilers lead heaters and similar equipment will only be taken onto roofs in exceptional circumstances, when a non-combustible heat insulating base must be provided to prevent heat igniting the roof. Such equipment must always be supervised by an experienced operative and be sited where spilled material can easily be controlled. Gas cylinders must be at least 3 (three) metres from the burner and at least one appropriate extinguisher must be to hand. The area of any hot work must be thoroughly examined one hour after the work has finished.

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(g)

2.8

Plant When ordering or providing items of plant, (see 2.2) Site management must make provision for suitable fire precautions, in particular they must ensure: (i) All vehicles and items of plant will be under the control of and operated by competent authorised operators. All vehicular plant, which is equipped with a cabin, must be provided with a suitable fire extinguisher. Where practicable all other types of vehicular plant should be similarly equipped. The fuel tank of vehicles or mechanical plant must be filled with the engine switched off in a location isolated from any ignition source. Where necessary drip trays will be provided Static plant such as compressors will be located in a position where they are not at risk from collision and where they present no fire risk to other property. Consideration will be given to the positioning of air intakes to ensure that they are unobstructed and uncontaminated; similarly exhaust pipes and gases will be kept clear of combustible materials

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(iv) (v)

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2.9

Waste Material Site tidiness will be a key feature. Site management in conjunction with the Fire Safety Coordinator will establish procedures to ensure: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) The provision of an adequate supply of suitable rubbish skips including closed skips where there is a particular fire risk Adequate means of access and transportation of rubbish from the workplace Regular removal of rubbish Maintenance of all access ways and through routes Prohibition of fires on site

2.10

Electricity and Gas (i) Electrical supply installations, both temporary and permanent, will be installed by competent electricians in accordance with The Institution of Electrical Engineers regulations for Electrical Installations and The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. All temporary electrical installation will be inspected regularly and tested by a competent electrician every three months. The result of the commissioning test and subsequent three monthly tests must be recorded in the certificates provided by the Safety department. All electrical work (other than authorised menial tasks such as changing light bulbs) will be undertaken by a competent electrician Where possible site staff will turn off essential mains switches or unplug equipment when work ceases or they are not in use. Gas cylinders will be located outside buildings and secured where practicable from unauthorised interference. The gas supply to the appliance must be fixed piping armoured flexible tubing. Gas appliances must be fitted with control taps and the room in which the appliance is located must have adequate ventilation including high and low level vents

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