A new tool is now available to ITA members to ask questions, exchange information, report incidents, cause and correction actions concerning safe practices for producing handling and storing of titanium.
30 topics have been set up to organize and structure the discussions.
At every safety meeting members have asked; how can we disseminate information about actual events and actual practices so we may all learn and prevent incident. Let's make this a workable and practical method to improve safety all through the life cycle of titanium.
Make this the Titanium Safety Communication and Idea Hub!
Fourth in a Series on Fire Safety Information
Posted on the ITA Website
The purpose of this email series is to highlight fire safety material currently posted on the ITA's website (www.titanium.org/?page=SafetyResources). The email series also is part of the ITA's ongoing efforts to reach out and serve the needs of members and maintain a dialogue on important industry and regulatory topics.
ITA's safety resources website page makes reference to detailed instructions for emergency response found in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 484 Standard for Combustible Metal, Chapter 6. Key issues are spelled out in Section 170 of the NFPA's Emergency Response Guide (ERG). Producers, users of titanium and first responders should consider the guidance described in those documents. Primary considerations for emergency response can be summarized as follows:
Water in contact with molten titanium will result in violent steam and hydrogen explosions and reactions. Water will disassociate to its base compounds of hydrogen and oxygen. You are potentially adding the equivalent of 43 gallons of gasoline for every gallon of water applied to a titanium fire. CO2 will disassociate to its base compounds and create reactions. Clean agents such HFC 227ea, FK-5-1-12, HFC-125 are not effective and may result in hazardous byproducts and exposures by decomposition. Large fires are impossible to extinguish. Isolate the burning titanium material as much as possible, if it can be done safely. Protection of exposures with water streams can be considered, if adequate review is conducted and adequate drainage is present to ensure contact of water with the burning titanium will not occur. Let the fire burn out naturally to minimize the hazards to personnel and loss to exposures.
The NFPA's 484 Standard for Combustible Metal is an important document for manufactures and end users of titanium. This is an industry standard often cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are other standards may also be applicable. For example, the NFPA 1 Fire Code, and NFPA 5000 Building Code include additional regulations and potential construction requirements regarding titanium, based on hazardous materials and control area maximum quantities. It's important to determine the proper fire and building codes of a given jurisdiction and to follow the appropriate codes.
Access to NFPA codes can be obtained from the main website (www.nfpa.org). You do not have to be an NFPA member to access the document page or view the document online. It's also possible to purchase printed and downloaded copies of the individual codes and standards, or obtain access to all the documents through NFPA's online subscription or hard copy services. NFPA's codes, standards, recommended practices, and guides are developed through a consensus standards development process approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
All ITA Members are invited and encouraged to participate on committees. The ITA adheres to strict antitrust guidelines and abides by a separate resolution in which any conversation related to price, capacity or market forecasts are not permitted at any ITA gathering. Please contact Jennifer Simpson if you are interested in becoming a Member of the ITA or joining any ITA Committees. The next safety committee will be held Sunday, October 8th at the Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida in conjunction with the TITANIUM USA 2017 annual conference & expo. Please contact the ITA if you would like to participate.
All TITANIUM delegates are invited to participate in this committee meeting.
Safety Committee Agenda:
Introductions, Anti-trust Guidelines
Review of Committee guidelines what is and what is not appropriate for discussion
Intro to the ITA Safety Committee Website Forum
Attendees request for additional topics
Titanium Combustibility Study - Status report and discussion
REACH registration for producers and users in EU and classification of titanium fines as inhalable carcinogen
Reports on use and testing of fire suppressants
Dust Hazard Assessments a Practical Approach
Gregory F. Creswell, CSP, CESCP, GNCG Consulting LLC
Titanium Fires, Ignition, Combustion & Suppression
Dennis J. Schumerth, ASME Fellow & Principal – DBA Titanium Tubular Consultants
The objective of the ITA Safety Committee is to make resources available to members and first responders especially of published regulations and data related to the safe handling of titanium and titanium fines. An entire section of the ITA Website is dedicated to this information.
ITA does not make specific recommendations regarding safety because the precise conditions are not known to ITA. The ITA Safety Web site contains a list of references and information. Producers and users are responsible for conducting their own research and establishing appropriate policies and procedures for the safe operation of their facilities and use of titanium. ITA does not report on or comment about news stories, or reports about specific incidents as ITA has no way of verifying the accuracy or applicability of such information.
DISCLAIMER: The safety information provided is not intended to replace applicable laws and regulations already in effect and that are currently being enforced by federal, state, and other rule-making authorities but should be read as helpful information for members of the International Titanium Association (ITA) for the reasonable and effective implementation of safety standards already in existence. ITA has not endeavored to promulgate safety standards or analyze the efficacy of existing standards. The ITA does not have the power to enforce and ensure industry-wide compliance with the information contained herein; therefore, in no event will ITA be held liable for any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to damages to person or property from any use of the following ITA information. The following information should not be relied upon for any personal or safety decisions, and the user is advised to consult with the appropriate safety professional and/or governmental body for specific advice regarding the applicability, implementation, and enforcement of any information contained herein as to any particular situation. ITA makes no representation that it has located and listed all such regulatory agencies that may be applicable. Each regulatory agency and published regulations list many references, cross references and sources.