3rd Edition

Fire Safety Management Handbook

ISBN 9781482221220
Published February 7, 2014 by CRC Press
279 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Safety managers today are required to go beyond compliance with the latest fire codes to implement proactive fire safety management programs that improve profitability. By reducing property loss insurance premiums and fostering an efficient work environment to help realize quality gains, safety managers can add to the bottom line; however, they need a solid understanding of the duties and responsibilities for which they are accountable.

The Fire Safety Management Handbook is every safety manager’s must-have guide for developing a successful fire safety management program. Emphasizing proactive fire safety activities that achieve optimal results, the text presents the key elements that comprise an effective fire safety management program, including a basic knowledge of:

  • Types and functions of fire control equipment
  • Identification and control of hazardous materials
  • Homeland security during disasters and emergencies
  • Fire chemistry, building construction, and efforts to reduce losses due to fire
  • Commonly installed fire detection systems and their maintenance and inspection
  • National Fire Codes (NFPA) and federal, state, and local legislation and enforcement
  • Available resources, fire safety organizations, and the United States Fire Administration (USFA)

To provide current and future safety professionals with a better understanding of emergency management within the fire safety discipline, each chapter of the Third Edition includes learning objectives at the beginning and questions at the end. Case studies have been added, codes and standards have been updated, and a new chapter on emergency response planning has been included. Plus, a school fire safety plan that can be used as a template is now part of the appendices.

Table of Contents



Case Study Model

Major Organizations Involved in the Field of Fire Safety

Fire Chemistry

Essential Elements

Identification and Control of Materials Considered Hazardous

Building Construction

Fire Detection Systems

Fire Control Systems

Care, Maintenance, and Inspection

Legal Aspects, Organization, and Legislation

Emergency Response Planning for Safety Professionals

The United States Fire Administration

Homeland Security

Appendix 1: National Electric Code Articles and Additional NFPA References

Appendix 2: OSHA Fire Protection Standards and Applicable NFPA Standards

Appendix 3: Addresses

Appendix 4: Fire Codes and Standards

Appendix 5: Fire Plan for an Elementary School

Glossary/Fire Terms


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Daniel E. Della-Giustina, Ph.D is professor for the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA. A professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, he has published over 152 articles and 19 textbooks in the discipline of safety, health, and environmental studies; presented scholarly papers at numerous national and international conferences; and appeared as an expert witness in safety and health liability cases for the past 30 years. He holds a Ph.D and educational specialist degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA and a MA and BA from American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, where he also currently serves on the Board of Trustees.


"Dr. Della-Guistina hit another "home run" with this edition of the Fire Safety Management Handbook.This text should be in the library of every safety professional with responsibilities. …encompasses everything a safety or fire professional needs to know about fire safety in one text."
–Thomas D. Schneid, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, USA

"I feel that the comprehensive nature of this book will equip the reader with the basic fundamentals necessary within the field of fire safety and hazardous materials in the workplace."
—James T. Culligan, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, USA

"Dr. Della-Giustina's textbook is an excellent reference for all safety professionals involved in fire safety management. It includes all important elements that comprise an effective fire safety management program. Examples of case studies give an additional strength to this textbook. Overall, this textbook is an excellent reference to be used by safety professional in developing and implementing an effective fire safety management programs."
—Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA

"I found this edition of the Fire Safety Management Handbook to be a safety professionals "go to" guide to developing a comprehensive and effective fire safety management program for an organization. It encompasses everything a safety professional needs to know about fire safety in one document."
—Cheryl Kennedy, New York City Transit