Fire Safety in Hazardous Environments
If you work in a motor vehicle repair environment then you should be aware of the risks of fire. Fires and explosions can cause serious damage to equipment, vehicles and human life in a garage setting and when you consider the amount petrol, it becomes clear that safe practices are vital. Any process that involves sparks and extreme heat, such as welding, also create a significant hazard. Paint is also a flammable material and when combined with high temperatures, you can see the potential for accidents. For Fire risk assessment Gloucester, visit http://keloscape.co.uk/fire-risk-assessment/
Fires or explosions can occur, in particular during work on fuel tanks and cause serious burns to individuals sometimes resulting in death and also substantial fire damage to contents and structures. Tyre explosions also continue to give cause for concern. These incidents do not necessarily occur in a ‘garage’ but can occur, for example, on farms, quarries or anywhere where vehicles undergo repair or maintenance.
Hot work is classed as any work that generates heat, flames or sparks and never should hot work be carried out on any wheel to which a tyre is still fitted. This includes welding, cutting, grinding and sawing and particularly the application of heat to free rusted on bolts. When a wheel rim or other steel part of a vehicle wheel is subjected to heat, there is a risk that any tyre (inflated or deflated) attached to it will explode. This can be caused by ignition of the vapours in the tyre, or from degrading of the rubber or lubricating oils. Explosions can even occur later during re-inflation because of the additional oxygen available and due to the higher pressure, the reduction in temperature at which ignition occurs.
Welding and flame cutting equipment is used in many motor vehicle repair activities, including removing or repairing components and releasing seized parts. Potential hazards can arise from:
To keep safe in an environment where there are so many flammable materials, here are some tips: