Safe and effective handling of a hazardous material spill or release requires a thorough understanding of hazardous material behavior and emergency response procedures. This book provides that knowledge. It was written primarily as a technical primer for students in the safety and fire sciences, but it is also a useful resource for public and private sector emergency response personnel, industrial safety and training coordinators, and others who require an introduction to the technical aspects of hazardous materials but lack an extensive background in chemistry and toxicology. Particular emphasis is placed on illustrating how molecular composition, structure and bonding influence hazardous properties such as toxicity, flammability, reactivity and corrosiveness.
The book is divided into four parts:
A review of federal regulations, labeling, and sources of information on hazardous materials;
Technical primers on the chemistry and toxicology of hazardous materials;
Hazardous material emergency response procedures;
An overview of hazard analysis planning and chemical safety inspections and audits.
Each chapter lists learning objectives and expected outcome from mastering the material. Review questions and answer keys make this an ideal instructional tool for students in safety and fire sciences.