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Preparing for a hazmat incident

April 23, 2013

Although the cause of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX, is still unknown, the National Fire Protection Association on April 18 highlighted materials that could help prevent and respond to a hazardous materials incident.

The NFPA codes and standards available for free include:

  • Hazardous Material Code (NFPA 400) – Goes over the storage, use and handling of hazardous materials, including ammonium nitrate solids and liquids
  • Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents (NFPA 472) – Identifies minimum levels of competence required by responders to such emergencies
  • Pre-Incident Planning (NFPA 1620) – Provides criteria for developing a plan used by responding personnel to manage fires or other emergencies

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