Pocket Reference for Hazardous Materials Response

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-02-12
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Pocket Reference for Hazardous Materials Response serves not only as a quick reference guide for on-scene response at emergency incidents, but also provides many examples and illustrations that can be utilized during training. Features include cross-referenced material for ease of use, quick action guides, and additional reference information. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dr. Chris Weber is the Deputy Director of the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Hazardous Materials Team.  He has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is an adjunct instructor with the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center.  He has extensive experience involving hazardous materials chemistry including a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and 15 years research experience in the biomedical sciences.  Chris instructs hazardous materials topics internationally, has developed numerous hazardous materials, counter-terrorism and incident command courses, and runs the training and consulting firm Dr. Hazmat, Inc.  He is the author of the "Pocket Reference for Hazardous Materials Response" published by Brady/Prentice-Hall. 

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Managing the Hazardous Materials Responsep. 1
HAZWOPER (29 CFR 1910.120) Requirementsp. 1
Preincident Planningp. 12
Questions Dispatch Should Askp. 13
Rescue and the 3/30 Rule of 2003p. 14
Quick Guidesp. 16
Railcar and Cargo Tanker Emergenciesp. 16
Pipeline Emergenciesp. 19
Fixed Storage Tank Emergenciesp. 22
Terrorist and Criminal Emergenciesp. 26
Recognition: Container Shapes and Specificationsp. 29
DOT Tankersp. 29
Railcar Tanker Specifications and Shapesp. 36
Railcar Tanker Marking and Stencilsp. 42
Railcar Tanker Constructionp. 44
Pipelinesp. 45
Fixed Storage Tanksp. 46
Intermodal Containersp. 51
Nonbulk and Intermediate Bulk Containersp. 53
Radioactive Packagingp. 55
Recognition: Marking Systems and Visual Cuesp. 57
DOT Hazard Class Systemp. 57
NFPA 704 Marking Systemp. 58
Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS)p. 58
Signs of a Clandestine Drug Laboratoryp. 59
Signs of a Terrorist Incidentp. 59
Identification: Shipping Papers and Other Sources of Informationp. 62
DOT Manifestp. 61
Railcar Consistp. 62
Airline Waybillp. 65
Marine Manifest and Bill of Ladingp. 66
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)p. 67
Pesticide Labelsp. 71
Interview Techniquesp. 72
Identification: Chemical and Physical Propertiesp. 74
Definitions of Chemical and Physical Propertiesp. 74
Table of Lighter-than-Air Gasesp. 77
Definitions of Toxicological Termsp. 78
Radiationp. 80
Table of Radioactive Isotopesp. 84
Table of Chemicals Used in Clandestine Drug Labsp. 87
Table of Chemical Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 89
Table of Biological Agentsp. 95
Table of Explosivesp. 105
Identification: Reference Materialsp. 121
DOT 2004 Emergency Response Guidebookp. 121
NIOSH Pocket Guidep. 124
WISER Electronic Databasep. 124
CAMEO Electronic Databasep. 128
CHEMTREC Operator Supportp. 130
Incident Operations: Initial Actionsp. 132
Incident Command Systemp. 132
Isolation of the Immediate Areap. 133
Calculation of Downwind Evacuation Distancesp. 133
Evacuation versus Sheltering in Placep. 135
Isolation Distances for Suspected Vehicle Bombsp. 137
Air Monitoring Strategy and Tacticsp. 138
Use of Radiation Detection Equipmentp. 139
Use of Corrosive Detection Equipmentp. 140
Use of Oxygen Sensorsp. 141
Use of Combustible Gas Indicatorsp. 142
Use of Electrochemical Sensors (Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Sulfide, Ammonia, and Chlorine)p. 144
Biological Agent Identificationp. 146
PPE Selection Criteriap. 148
Incident Operations: Personal Protective Equipmentp. 150
Environmental Concerns (Heat and Cold)p. 150
Use of Air-Purifying Respiratorsp. 151
Use of Nonencapsulating Suitsp. 152
Use of Encapsulating Suitsp. 155
Use of LANX Fabric Suitsp. 157
Use of Hooded Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)p. 159
Double-Seam Glove-Taping Methodp. 162
Incident Operations: Decontaminationp. 164
Emergency Decontaminationp. 164
Mass Decontaminationp. 164
Patient Decontaminationp. 166
Warm-Zone Patient Treatment Guidelinesp. 167
Technical Decontaminationp. 168
Decontamination Productsp. 170
Incident Operations: Defensive Mitigation Techniquesp. 171
Remote Valve Shutoffp. 171
Vapor Suppressionp. 171
Table of Foam Characteristicsp. 172
Foam Use Calculationp. 173
Vapor Dispersal and Knockdownp. 174
Diverting and Retainingp. 175
Dilutionp. 176
Absorptionp. 177
Neutralizationp. 178
Extended Operationsp. 179
Incident Operations: Termination and Demobilizationp. 180
Demobilization Tasksp. 180
Documentationp. 180
Incident Debriefingp. 181
Incident Critiquep. 181
Important Web Sitesp. 183
Online Reference Materialsp. 184
List of Acronymsp. 185
Important Phone Numbersp. 189
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