Safety Advice – Wood Pellet Storage
An HSE study has identified the risk of toxic gas building up in wood pellet and wood chip stores. These locations need to be clearly marked as confined spaces and entry restricted to trained and authorised staff or contractors.
Nine people have dies due to carbon monoxide poisoning in small scale stores.
Silo Type Room Storage
What to do
Tip 1. If your current store is not vented, work with your suppliers to see how this can be achieved.
Tip 2. Install a carbon monoxide detector in the boiler room or store entrance
Tip 3. Wood chip and pellet stores must be kept locked and a sign displayed “Danger confined space. Permit to work required before entry” Restrict the key to authorised persons
Tip 4. Develop safe systems of work for maintenance, including confined space entry ( see permit ) Staff will require specialist training to undertake this task or use a specialist contractor.
For confined space training and for Competent Health and Safety advice click here
Many of our customers use biomass to heat their hot water and heating so we feel this is important