Safe Handling of Fire Extinguishing Agents Covered in New Standard
Providing users with an assurance of quality and ensuring the safe handling, transport and storage of fire extinguishing agents are the purposes of a new ASTM International standard, D 7327, Specification for HFC Blend B (CH2FCF3, CHF2, CF3 and CO2). The new standard was developed by Subcommittee D26.09 on Fire Extinguishing Agents, which is part of ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents.
Mark L. Robin, vice chair of Committee D26 and technical services consultant, DuPont Fluoroproducts, says that D 7327 will be used in the design of fire suppression systems for the protection of computer rooms, electronic data processing facilities, military facilities and vehicles and museums. Primary users of the standard will be the U.S. Department of Defense, which has turned to the use of ASTM specifications in lieu of older military standards, as well as architects and engineers involved in the design and specification of suppression systems.
Robin says that the subcommittee welcomes any interested parties to participate in its standards developing processes and is particularly seeking developers of other types of suppression systems, such as aerosol type fire extinguishers.
Technical Information: Mark L. Robin, DuPont Fluroproducts,
ASTM Staff: Nancy Morrissey
Jan. 30, 2008
January Committee Week