Econet Risk Assessment [Base Document]
Assessment: Bonfires

Scope: Activity [Task]

Assessment Summary: Bonfires;

Last updated: 16/02/2024 18:39:26
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Burns (minor and major); grit in eyes; minor cuts and bruises; breathing difficulties; damage to adjacent land and property
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; other site users; general public; neighbouring property
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Burning embers and flying debris
  • Flammable liquids
  • Smoke obscuring other hazards
  • Spread of fire
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Locate fire site on level ground clearing all trip hazards from the surrounding area.
  • Volunteers near fire should wear long sleeves and trousers to prevent burns from flying ashes.
  • Long hair should be tied back and loose clothing tucked in. Hard hats are recommended.
  • Safety glasses should be worn to protect eyes from flying ash and debris.
  • Fire must be sited downwind of main work area, and should not be larger than is required to do the job.
  • Fires must be sited away from roads and buildings.
  • Fires must not be lit in strong winds, on peat soils, in drought conditions, under trees or on any surface likely to catch alight, or near overhead or underground services.
  • Vehicles should be parked at least 50 metres from any fire.
  • Flammables (gas, petrol etc.) must be sited at least 30 metres from any fire.
  • One person must be tending the fire at all times.
  • Load material on to fire at a single point and in a controlled manner.
  • Exclude dangerous items e.g. aerosols, from material to be burnt.
  • Stop work if main work area significantly affected by smoke and insure all volunteers move out of the area.
  • Ensure fire beater is available and immediately accessible.
  • Cease loading new material on to fires at least thirty minutes before the end of task.
  • At end of task: Turn fires in and where possible damp down. Fires should only be left unattended if subdued and unlikely to flare. Place warning signs and/or hazard tape around hot embers.

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   16 February 2024 18:40 T2302164464