Rise in waste recycling fires signals need for increased fire safety

April 12, 2016

Although the WISH guidelines, and strict insurance requirements are increasing waste recycling safety, the prevalence of fires highlights an urgent need for greater protection. The latest incident occurred 29th March at the EMR recycling plant in Saltley, Birmingham, with 800 tonnes of metal and plastic catching fire.

Tim Checketts, Business Development Manager for Honeywell Fire Safety, comments: “The growing occurrence of waste recycling fires in recent years has caused much concern for industry safety, leading to the release of the WISH guidelines. The only way to protect against a devastating fire like this is implementation of advanced, early warning fire detection.  Section 2.11 of the WISH Guidelines recommends Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) as a key technology to mitigate risks.

“Since the release of the WISH Guidelines, we have seen a considerable rise in enquiries for Honeywell’s FAAST™ ASD, which highlights a positive trend towards increased fire safety provisions in waste recycling applications. FAAST™ can identify the lowest levels of smoke and unlike other ASDs, uses a sophisticated three-stage filtration technique, dual-optics particle analysis and intelligent algorithms to distinguish smoke from dust, providing class-leading false alarm immunity. Independent performance tests carried out at the University of Maryland, prove why FAAST™ is the safest solution: FAAST™ has 2-4 second fire alarming capability, with 300 times more sensitivity to smoke than contemporary solutions and 67% increased nuisance alarm immunity than comparable ASD technologies.”

High insurance and operational costs are putting more firms under pressure to save money. Tim continues by highlighting how FAAST™ can help to reduce costs rather than increase them. “Traditional solutions require high point density to ensure adequate protection, leading to intensive maintenance requirements and high purchase costs. A single FAAST™ device can monitor an area up to 2,000m2 and the sample hole density on the pipework provides maximised protection at a reduced cost. The pipework requires no maintenance, thanks to a high powered vacuum system and the detection device needs minimal ongoing care. FAAST™ also reduces insurance premiums by mitigating safety concerns more effectively. When you consider these advantages, the question is how can a recycle plant afford NOT to implement this type of technology?”

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