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Assessment and mitigation of the consequences of fires in chemical warehouses

Authors
Journal
Safety Science
0925-7535
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0925-7535(98)00031-9
Keywords
  • Storage
  • Din 53436 Cone Calorimeter
  • Iso 9705 Room
  • Scalims Guidelines
  • Dioxin
  • Combustion Products
  • Human Health
Disciplines
  • Engineering

Abstract

Abstract This paper discusses the project Guidelines for Management of Fires in Chemical Warehouses (TOXFIRE) which was funded by the CEC (Commission of the European Communities) Environment Programme during the period 1993–1996. It was a multi-national co-operation between partners from the UK, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The project consisted of three major parts: (1) a comparison of the performance of four fire testing methods to assess the toxicity of the fire products, (2) a risk assessment of the impact on human health resulting from the release of unburned pesticides and their pyrolysis products from a fire, and (3) establishment of a basis for guidelines for safety engineers and the fire brigades. Further, a quick decision system to be used in emergency situations was developed.

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