OSH 3640


A systematic analysis of how hazardous materials escalate an incident or emergency event. Examination of the basic fundamental concepts common to hazardous chemicals with an emphasis on how some key elements, compounds and mixtures are inherently dangerous. Emphasis will be placed on how these chemicals are transported, what regulations are in place, and what steps may be needed for incident mitigation.


  1. Employ figures within the textbook to describe the general practices recommended for EH&S and FS professionals when they encounter a hazardous-materials-incident involving the major categories discussed within each unit.
  2. Describe and discuss the chemistry of common elements, such as oxygen, ozone, hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine, phosphorous, sulfur, and carbon.
  3. Discuss the federal laws that affect the contents and labeling of household and other products.
  4. Describe and illustrate the importance of chemical factors in corrosive materials, water-reactive substances, toxic substances, oxidizers, organic compounds, and polymeric materials.
  5. Identify the seven classes of hazardous materials and four classes of fire as traditionally noted in the field of fire science.
  6. Summarize the importance of chemical factors in the handling, the storage, and the use of explosive materials and radioactive materials.
  7. Illustrate an understanding of basic DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations from identification, classification, labeling, marking, transporting, and emergency response.
  8. Relate the field of chemistry to the profession of the emergency responder, whether they are from the fire service, occupational safety & health, or environmental management field.





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