Written by a hazardous materials consultant with over 40 years of experience in emergency services, the five-volume Hazmatology: The Science of Hazardous Materials, suggests a new approach dealing with the most common aspects of hazardous materials, containers, and the affected environment. It focuses on innovations in decontamination, monitoring instruments, personal protective equipment in a scientific way utilizing common sense, and takes a risk-benefit approach to hazardous material response. This set provides the reader with a hazardous materials "Tool Box" and a guide for learning which tools to use under what circumstances.
Volume One, Chronicles of Incidents and Response, takes an in-depth look at the history of hazardous materials response, points out lessons learned from these incidents, and discusses the impact on our response today.
Volume Two, Standard of Care and Hazmat Planning, presents the hazardous materials legal issues and background on the Hazmat Standard of Care, including incidents where Care was violated and the repercussions felt.
Volume Three, Applied Chemistry and Physics, presents chemistry and physics at the level that emergency responders will understand so they can apply the concepts using a risk management system and deal safely and effectively with hazardous materials incidents.
Volume Four, Common Sense Emergency Response, covers stabilization and includes science and risk analysis and the part it plays in a successful outcome of the stabilization portion of the response.
Volume Five, Hazmat Teams Spotlight, covers the history, vehicles, types of response, equipment and resources, as procedures and innovations across different teams nationwide.
Table of Contents
Hazmatology: Chronicles of Hazardous Materials. 1. In the Beginning. 2. Organized Response. 3. Incidents That Changed Hazmat Response. 4. Lessons Learned. Hazmatology: Hazardous Materials Standard of Care. 1. Regulations. 2. Census Standards. 3. Experience. Hazmatology: Applied Chemistry and Physics. 1. Common Sense Approach. 2. Chemicals We Should Know About. 3. Exotic Chemicals. 4. Toxicology. 5. Explosives. 6. Combustion Analysis. 7. Common Chemical Fact Sheets. Hazmatology: Organization of the Instability 1. Is It a Hazardous Material? 2. Is The Hazardous Material in a Container? 3. Is The Hazardous Material Outside the Container? 4. What Is the Physical State of the Hazardous Material? 5. Who or What Is in Harm’s Way? 6. Risk Analysis. 7. Protection from Hazards. 8. Systematic Elimination of the Hazard.Hazmatology: Hazardous Materials Teams. 1. Establishment History. 2. Hazmat Response Vehicles. 3. Response Teams. 4. Preferred Equipment and Resources. 5. Response Procedures. 6. Target Hazards. 7. Innovations. 8. Major Response Incidents.
Mr. Robert A. Burke is an Author, Instructor, Contributing Editor Firehouse Magazine, and Columnist Firehouse.Com, National Fire Academy Adjunct Faculty. He is a retired Fire Marshal from the University of Maryland, and Community College of Baltimore County Adjunct Faculty Retired, member NFPA 45 Technical Committee for Laboratories Using Chemicals Retired.
Mr. Burke has in excess of 30 years of experience at all levels of the fire and emergency services, including fire service training at the local, state, and national levels. He has command experience as chief officer and company officer with both career and volunteer departments and operational experience in both urban and rural environments. His experience also includes Hazmat, Firefighting, Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Public Education, Course Development, and Rescue.