Significant investment by the UK Government (via the ‘Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund’), and by public authorities and private organisations, has resulted in new electric vehicle charging facilities becoming a prominent feature in a wide range of premises from multi-storey car parks, to national parks and commercial/retail premises.
There are a number of factors that should be considered prior to and following the installation of electric vehicle charging units at your premises to ensure that the associated hazards are adequately managed.
One of those is to ensure that prior to installation, a fire risk assessment should be carried out in compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (or equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland) that considers the control measures required when selecting and designing charging/parking areas.
Evolve Health and Safety have designed a unique Fire Risk Assessment that encompasses all regulatory requirements as well as the guidance in RC59, from design stage through to the end customer usage.
Thus ensuring nothing is left to chance when designing an EV charging system installation.
Call: 0800 774 7548 today and let Evolve take care of your EV Fire Risk Assessment.
Recent fires involving modern cars have shown that these pose a significant challenge to the fire brigade due to the high combustible fire load of materials used in their manufacture, and speed with which the fire can spread between vehicles.
Fires involving Lithium-Ion batteries, such as those present in Electric Vehicles, have shown that defective batteries can create severe fires with high temperatures and exothermic reactions, creating significant challenges for fire fighting.
Together these two factors create an increased fire risk to your premises which if not adequately controlled, could lead to significant loss of property and income. Appropriate separation/compartmentation, early detection, and implementation of good operational controls such as regular inspection and maintenance, staff training, and effective signage are key to manage and mitigate the property and liability risks associated with the provision of Electric Vehicle charging and parking.
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