Fire Safety Information Series – Part 1
The International Titanium Association’s (ITA) Safety Committee, through a series of articles, will be providing information to ITA members and other interested parties regarding information on fire safety as it relates to companies in the titanium industry. This is the first article notice in the series.
The purpose of this series is to highlight fire safety material currently posted on the ITA’s website (http://www.titanium.org/?page=SafetyResources#14). The article 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.
For this initial installment in the series, the ITA first would like to confirm that the association’s board of directors has approved a proposal by the Safety Committee to proceed with a project to create data that will determine whether there should be further updating of key safety standards related to the flammability of titanium. The thrust of the project is to more accurately reflect the rapidly changing types of products and manufacturing technologies being developed by the titanium industry.
In early 2015 the ITA’s board of directors created an expanded member service with the adoption of a “Charter for the Safety Committee,” along with a two-year plan for implementation. The objective of this plan is to make resources available to ITA members, municipal safety and fire departments, and first responders on the published regulations related to the safe handling of titanium and titanium fines.
There are many standards, specifications and regulatory agencies (like the National Fire Protection Association; http://www.nfpa.org) that govern how buildings and equipment must be designed and operated, the safety of employees, and the transport and disposal of titanium if it is determined that the form of titanium manufactured, processed, stored or shipped is identified as a combustible metal.
Bob Lee, the chair of the ITA’s Safety Committee, said the thrust of the effort is to generate accurate, up-to-date information for regulators, “to help them understand the flammability of what the titanium industry is producing.” Dawne S. Hickton, president of the ITA board, noted that, as a trade association, the ITA does not create or establish safety standards. However, Hickton said the ITA will be pro-active in developing technical data to enhance the regulatory environment “that protects our employees, the public and the environment while advancing the worldwide use of titanium.”
For more information, contact the ITA at titanium.org or by telephone at 303-404-2221.
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