Managing Mobile Equipment Fire Risks
The purpose of this document is to provide examples for implementing management actions to prevent (not supress) mobile equipment fires.
The intent of the document is to provide experienced based guidance or examples of methods to manage the four elements required to prevent mobile equipment fires. These four elements are:
- Equipment fire risk assessment and including fire prevention;
- Subsequent to the risk assessment the development of an equipment specification that includes fire prevention;
- Subsequent to the equipment specification the documented PM service inspection sheets; and most importantly;
- Quality execution of the PM inspections, maintenance repairs, and adequate and timely action to correct defects and substandard conditions.
- Most applicable mobile equipment fire risk assessments focus on fire suppression, rather than fire prevention.
- Effective fire risk management begins with identifying all fuel and ignition sources on the machine, then developing proactive fire prevention controls.
- It is critical to document your equipment specifications, ensure they cover fire prevention, and keep them up-to-date.
- PM service sheets must include fire prevention tasks with acceptable limits.
- It does not matter how good the design is, nor the safeguards included in the equipment specification, if the maintenance is not executed adequately.