ASTM F3349 - 18

    Standard Guide for Use of Herding Agents in Conjunction with In-Situ Burning

    Active Standard ASTM F3349 | Developed by Subcommittee: F20.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.08

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide describes the use of herding agents for the purpose of in-situ burning. It is intended to aid decision-makers and spill-responders in contingency planning, spill response, and training, and to aid manufacturers in developing effective herding agents.

    4.2 This guide is not intended as a detailed operational manual for the use of herding agents or the burning of spilled oil.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide relates to the use of herding agents in conjunction with in-situ burning of spilled oil.

    1.1.1 Although the focus is on the use of herders in conjunction with in-situ burning, herders may also be used to aid in mechanical recovery of spilled oil.

    1.2 The purpose of this guide is to provide information that will enable oil-spill responders to select the appropriate techniques and devices to successfully collect and ignite oil spilled on water.

    1.3 The focus of this guide is on the in-situ combustion of marine oil spills in drift ice conditions. The use of herding agents on calmer ice-free water is also possible.

    1.4 This guide is one of several related to in-situ burning. Other standards cover specifications for fire-containment booms and the environmental and operational considerations for burning.

    1.5 The storage, transport, and use of herding agents may be subject to regulations that will vary according to the jurisdiction. While guidance of a general nature is provided in this document, users of this guide should determine regulations that apply to their situation.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D971 Test Method for Interfacial Tension of Oil Against Water by the Ring Method

    F631 Guide for Collecting Skimmer Performance Data in Controlled Environments

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.020.40 (Pollution, pollution control and conservation)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F3349-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3349-18, Standard Guide for Use of Herding Agents in Conjunction with In-Situ Burning, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018,

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