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Document ID (ISN)63986
CIS number 95-703
ISSN - Serial title 0006-9094 - Brandschutz
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dobbelstein W.J.
Title Plastics recycling - New hazards for the fire brigade?
Original title Kunststoffrecycling - Neue Gefahren fŘr die Feuerwehr? [in German]
Bibliographic information Feb. 1994, Vol.48, No.2, p.80-92. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract Recent fires in Germany in plants where plastics were stored for recycling are used to illustrate the hazards to fire fighters. Burning polyvinyl chloride released high amounts of hydrochloric acid which affected the respiratory system of the fire fighters. Carcinogenic dioxins and furans were detected in the soot. For the prevention or spread of fires it is recommended to store the plastic waste material in small units which are accessible from two sides and to install an adequately dimensioned water extinguishing systems. Fire fighters need to wear respirators and protective clothing.
Descriptors (primary) fire services; polymers; polyvinyl chloride; furan; recovery of substances; pyrolysis products; storage; waste disposal; fire prevention; plastics
Descriptors (secondary) hydrochloric acid; water supply; vinyl chloride; tetrachlorodibenzodioxin; dioxins; plastics industry; harmful substances; water extinguishing systems; personal protective equipment; fire spread limitation; health hazards; fire
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fires
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Heterocyclic compounds
Storage and warehousing
Waste collection and disposal