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This presentation covers the fundamentals of fire protection. Included is information on: • Science of Fire, • Fire Controls, • Fire Protection, • Detection / Suppression, • Testing - Maintenance and • Warehousing / Storage.
Preventing fires from occurring is the best way to minimize the risk
of employee injury from fire. When fire prevention fails, though, we still have the opportunity to
prevent harm to people, and to reduce property damage. This paper will discuss the role of fire
protection systems in minimizing the risk of death and injury from fire.
This paper’s research included an assessment of the incidents by the types of operations
involved, (wells/drilling, gathering pipelines, compressor stations, tank batteries and gas plants),
the cause (if given), whether or not there was a combustion event, and casualties/injuries.
This paper reports key recommendations that can be applied by upstream and midstream producers and contractors to minimize explosions and fire risks to protect workers. NFPA 56 (Standard for Fire & Explosions Prevention during the Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems) is one of the tools that can help control these risks.
Inventory management is a critical to every emergency response situation. In the past 25 years
CHS has experienced 4 chemical warehouse fires and two direct hits by tornadoes on chemical
storage facilities. In all of these disasters, the knowledge of what the hazardous materials stored in the facility were and what regulations that applied to them, or the lack of that knowledge, has
been the determining factor on how successful the response was. We have learned a lot from
these events and are willing to share that experience. One critical lesson we learned has been how
important inventory information is. It must be available quickly, accurate and available in a
manner that can be used by responders quickly.
This paper provides the similarities and differences of the fire protection system installation
between the United States and Djibouti in East Africa. Topics that will be addressed include: How would you install a sprinkler system without a reliable water source in East Africa? How could you maintain a functional fire alarm system with frequent power loss? Where would you find skillful workers in a third world country like Djibouti? How would you adapt to a culturally different work environment?
In the insurance industry, industrial facilities
are said to have common hazards and special
hazards. Common hazards are those hazards that are found in many facilities regardless of the
occupancy or the product being
manufactured. Special hazards are primarily associated
with specific industries. For instance, conducting a proprietary process, which involves combustible materials with an ignition source nearby, may be
a special hazard at your facility. Flammable liquids are considered special hazards because they
represent a high hazard and they are usually specific to the occupancy of the facility.
•Preparing any business for
disaster involves identifying
possible hazards, mitigating
their effects and identifying
•One environment that has
received little attention
in this area is academic
•By understanding the situations
these facilities face,
OSH professionals can conduct
and recommend proactive
Many modern industrial operations create dust as a by-product. In certain conditions, some of these dusts can release hazardous amounts of energy when ignited. But how do you know which dusts? What can you do to reduce the risk of a dust explosion? Why do they occur? It is the purpose of this presentation to answer these questions. The attainment of this knowledge will allow you to use a systematic method of hazard assessment and mitigation to provide the maximum protection of the employees and assets of your organization.
One of the challenges in preventing disasters such as these is to ensure that critical information gets into
the planning cycle, and into the hands of the local emergency planning and responder community. To
reduce the likelihood of chemical disasters in the U.S., Congress has imposed requirements for governments, tribes and industry.
The following guide assumes that the most you do related to natural gas piping and combustion equipment is turn the stove on at home to boil water. It is meant to be a basic reference document, and its goal is to teach you how to look for guidance related to the codes and standards that keep personnel and facilities safe.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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