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SRM 113 - Principles of Fire & Explosion Hazard Management

Code Start Date Duration Venue
SRM 113 30 October 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
SRM 113 25 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

An understanding of the principles of fires and explosions are critical to identifying how a fire will start and spread, the former of which is known as primary fire hazards, each of which has the ability to initiate or start a fire, or exacerbate a fire. These elements will be required when completing a fire risk assessment. Explosion and fire are interlinked in that on many occasions; fire occurs after an explosion, it is therefore essential that those involved with fire safety and risk management have a basic knowledge of the causes and properties of explosion, particularly in relation to processes involving gases and dusts which will be thoroughly covered in this course.

Course Objectives

  • Outlining the properties of flammable and explosive materials and the mechanisms by which they ignite.
  • Outlining the behaviour of structural materials, buildings and contents in a fire.
  • Outlining the main principles and practices of fire and explosion prevention and protection.
  • Outlining the contribution to mechanical and systems failures to major accidents.
  • Explaining the processes involved in the identification of hazards and the assessment of risk from fire.
  • Describing common fire detection and alarm systems and procedures.
  • Outlining the factors to be considered when selecting fixed and portable fire­fighting equipment for the various types of fire.
  • Outlining the factors to be considered in the provision and maintenance of means of escape.
  • Explaining the purpose of, and essential requirements for, emergency evacuation procedures.

Who Should Attend?

  • Workers
  • Paramedics
  • Project engineers
  • Safety and risk managers
  • Supervisors with safety and health responsibilities
  • Facility personnel who are involved in implementing standards for safety instrumented systems

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

Properties of flammable and explosive materials:

  • Properties of solids, liquids and gases.
  • The fire triangle 
  • Ignition sources
  • Mechanisms of explosion and fire spread
  • Stages of combustion
  • Mechanisms of vapour cloud explosions and control of vapour phase explosions

Day 2

Dust explosions and behaviours of structure and materials in fire:

  • Dust explosions
  • Behaviour of buildings in fire
  • Levels of fire resistance
  • Behaviours of common materials in a fire
  • Examples of fire incidents

Day 3

Fire and explosion prevention and protection:

  • Structural protection
  • Compartmentalisation
  • Segregation of flammable, combustible and incompatible materials
  • Key features of plant design and process control
  • Hazardous area zoning
  • Exclusion of ignition sources
  • Methods of explosion relief
  • Mechanical and systems failures to Major accidents

Day 4

Workplace fire risk assessment:

  • Fire hazards and the assessment of risk
  • The 5 steps to fire risk assessment
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Principal components of alarm systems
  • Fixed and portable fire fighting equipment

Day 5

Means of escape:

  • Provision and maintenance of means of escape
  • General requirements – travel distance, stairs and passageways
  • Emergency evacuation procedures
  • Fire wardens and their role
  • Personal emergency evacuation plans