Scheduled extinguishing substances used in the mining sector
The hazardous nature of most mining operations, coupled with the remoteness of many mine sites, means that site operators must exercise the highest levels of care with regard to fire protection in order to safeguard lives, mining equipment, property and the environment. The responsibility for fire safety on mine sites extends to every person on site including; fire protection contractors tasked with inspecting, testing and maintaining fire protection systems and equipment, visitors and site staff (both those directly involved with the mining operation as well as support staff).
It is important that gaseous fire suppression systems on mine sites are installed and maintained by licensed technicians to ensure full functionality in the event of a fire, and to minimise unnecessary discharges of scheduled extinguishing substances into the atmosphere.
The FPIB has developed communication materials that include a factsheet and article to raise awareness of legislative requirements when using gaseous fire suppression systems containing scheduled extinguishing agents in the mining industry.
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