Principles of Fire & Explosion Hazard Management
An understanding of the principles of fires and explosions are critical to identifying how a fire will start and spread, the former of which is known as primary fire hazards, each of which has the ability to initiate or start a fire, or exacerbate a fire. These elements will be required when completing a fire risk assessment. Explosion and fire are interlinked in that on many occasions; fire occurs after an explosion, it is therefore essential that those involved with fire safety and risk management have a basic knowledge of the causes and properties of explosion, particularly in relation to processes involving gases and dusts which will be thoroughly covered in this course.
- Outlining the properties of flammable and explosive materials and the mechanisms by which they ignite.
- Outlining the behaviour of structural materials, buildings and contents in a fire.
- Outlining the main principles and practices of fire and explosion prevention and protection.
- Outlining the contribution to mechanical and systems failures to major accidents.
- Explaining the processes involved in the identification of hazards and the assessment of risk from fire.
- Describing common fire detection and alarm systems and procedures.
- Outlining the factors to be considered when selecting fixed and portable firefighting equipment for the various types of fire.
- Outlining the factors to be considered in the provision and maintenance of means of escape.
- Explaining the purpose of, and essential requirements for, emergency evacuation procedures.
- Project engineers
- Safety and risk managers
- Supervisors with safety and health responsibilities
- Facility personnel who are involved in implementing standards for safety instrumented systems
Properties of flammable and explosive materials:
- Properties of solids, liquids and gases.
- The fire triangle
- Ignition sources
- Mechanisms of explosion and fire spread
- Stages of combustion
- Mechanisms of vapour cloud explosions and control of vapour phase explosions
Dust explosions and behaviours of structure and materials in fire:
- Dust explosions
- Behaviour of buildings in fire
- Levels of fire resistance
- Behaviours of common materials in a fire
- Examples of fire incidents
Fire and explosion prevention and protection:
- Structural protection
- Segregation of flammable, combustible and incompatible materials
- Key features of plant design and process control
- Hazardous area zoning
- Exclusion of ignition sources
- Methods of explosion relief
- Mechanical and systems failures to Major accidents
Workplace fire risk assessment:
- Fire hazards and the assessment of risk
- The 5 steps to fire risk assessment
- Fire detection and alarm systems
- Principal components of alarm systems
- Fixed and portable fire fighting equipment
Means of escape:
- Provision and maintenance of means of escape
- General requirements – travel distance, stairs and passageways
- Emergency evacuation procedures
- Fire wardens and their role
- Personal emergency evacuation plans
- All lectures are in colorful presentation
- All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
- All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
- Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
- Participants receive a multicolor course manual
- Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
- Videos on the subject are shown
daily 09:00 – 14:00