A study of chemical structures and reactions of hazardous materials with an emphasis on how they impact emergency management. Course topics include basic chemistry bonding, organic and inorganic compounds, and fire chemistry. Each of the nine major hazard classes is examined in depth. The course prepares students to make informed decisions about how hazardous materials may behave when released or combined with fires, transportation accidents, storage accidents, and fixed-site spills. Information gathering, management and use is stressed. Three class hours.
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Spring Semester 2014