OSH 3640: Interactions of Hazardous Materials


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.


  1. Recognize how to use basic chemistry fundamentals that are essential in the study of hazardous materials, such as the common elements by their atomic symbols on the periodic table; the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures; how ionic and covalent bonding influence chemical properties; and properties of gases, liquids, and solids.
  2. Identify the common units of measurement used in the practice of environmental health and safety and fire science (EHS & FS), such as concentration, temperature, and pressure.
  3. Describe the chemistry of some common elements, including oxygen, ozone, hydrogen, fluorine, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, and carbon as applicable to their industrial uses and hazards.
  4. Apply the principles of chemical interactions to emergency response incidents that occur at home, in the workplace, or in public sites.
  5. Identify the hazard classes as outlined by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the basic DOT hazardous material regulations related to the identification, classification, labeling, marking, and transporting of hazardous materials and response to hazardous material incidents.
  6. Describe key chemical-specific factors or properties that should be considered when managing or responding to incidents involving corrosive materials (acids and bases), water reactive substances, pyrophoric materials, toxic substances, oxidizers, organic compounds, and polymeric materials.
  7. Describe the hazards, regulations, and precautions that should be taken when handling, storing, using, or transporting DOT regulated explosive and radioactive materials.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to use resources such as the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) to determine emergency response actions and/or management techniques to mitigate hazardous material incidents or projects.
  9. Demonstrate familiarity with the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances (GHS) and the NFPA system of identifying potential hazards.


  1. OSH 3001


Chemistry of hazardous materials (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2014)
Author: Meyer, E.
ISBN: 9780133146882
Price: $85.10

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