This course has been prepared at a practical level to assist both in training safety personnel and to provide technical information that can assist in responding to a hazardous incident that could lead to a fire hazard situation.
Considerable information and technical data are given on petroleum based products since these are among the most widely consumed products, however, the trainee will find ample information on other chemicals.
Fire situations pose one of the most serious problems in an industrial setting, with the potential loss of lives and property, as well as damage to the environment. Proper response by trained personnel, as well as careful pre planning can minimize the risk and damage caused by fire.
The course has been organized into 7 key areas.
Key areas 1 and 2 provide an overview of fire protection principles and general terminology used throughout the course.
Key aeas 3 and 4 cover petroleum products and hydrocarbon derivatives. The chemistry of hydrocarbon fires is reviewed in detail and extensive properties data for petroleum products are discussed.
Key areas 5 through 7 provide technical fire and explosion data on widely used chemicals of commerce.
Information on explosion and fire propensity and typical responses to fires and non-fire spills are presented in these key areas. Much of this information is based on the U.S. Department of Transportation emerging response recommendations for fire and non-fire spills, and data provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and other well known sources.