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  Decommissioning Halon 1301 - checklist  

1. Do you have any halons installed within your fire protection measures contained in or on your estate? They could be called, BTM (bromochlorodifluoromethane), BCF, Halon 1211, Halon 1301

  If yes - Proceed to 2 - If No you are not affected with respect to Fire Protection but you may still have CFC based gases within your estate. Seek guidance from your suppliers and a certificate stating that the equipment is free of such agents.

2. If the answer is yes, carry out an audit on what you have and how it is used. A simple list covering the following items would be useful.

  • Type Manufacturer / Supplier
    prominent manufacturers were Hygood, Fireater, Firemaster, Flamecheater, Ansul, Chemetron, Fenwal, Kidde, Fike, Ginge Kerr, Pyrotronics and Wormald.

  • Number of Cylinders

  • Fill weight

  • All up weight

  • Area being protected

  • Date on cylinders

  • Have they been maintained regularly?

3. Next, carry out a detailed assessment of the risks in removing the extinguishing agent.

  The assessment should cover identifying why the system was installed in the first place. Is a fire extinguishing system required by the local authority or AHJ (authority having jurisdiction) , company insurer or as part of the overall fire management strategy adopted by the company in the assessment they may have carried out as part of their legal responsibility under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and more recent Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 Act (in the UK). Has the risk (use of the protected area) changed significantly.

4. Consult with the person or organisation who has responsibility for fire precautions / fire management procedures or protection systems within your building or estate and your company insurers on what would be the best system to replace the halon fire extinguishing system.

5. Make sure you have a current COSHH assessment for this substance in your register If you are in any doubt call us or send an email to health-safety@worldhalon.com and request a material safety data sheet

6. Contact your supplier or maintenance company for a proposal to replace these agents, alternatively, email us at halon-replacement@worldhalon.com and we can assist you in finding a suitable competent local company.



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