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Fire protection : NIOSH instructional module

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    The objective of this educational module is to familiarize undergraduate engineering students with basic principles related to fire protection. This instructional module can be studied separately or as a component of an upper-level engineering course. The information in this module is appropriate for courses on occupational safety and health, and applied engineering chemistry. In addition, the module could serve as a complement to courses on fluid mechanics and heat transfer; strength of materials and structures; and design courses. The module introduces basic fire protection issues related to the safeguarding of life and property against fire loss. It describes the fundamental principles of fire science and of the dynamics of fire growth in buildings and demonstrates how a sound understanding of these is necessary before viable fire protection measures can be implemented. The module develops an engineering appreciation of standard practices and regulations related to the prevention, detection and suppression of fires. The primary thrust of the module is to describe current fire safety practices and regulations; however, a brief account is given of the emerging discipline of fire protection engineering. This new field is expected to foster engineered design solutions to fire safety problems which may be more cost-effective and flexible than standardized solutions. As fire protection issues are often overlooked in undergraduate engineering programs, an effort has been made to identify what resources are available and where the student can get further information about this subject.

    This report was prepared in support of NIOSH Project SHAPE (Safety and Health Awareness for Preventive Engineering). Project SHAPE is designed to enhance the education of engineers in the safety and health field.

    NIOSHTIC No. 20037038

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