Chemistry of Hazardous Materials / Edition 6

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Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Sixth Edition, covers basic chemistry for emergency responders, guiding students who are often non-science majors through the process of understanding the chemical properties that make materials hazardous. This text covers many essential hazardous materials topics, such as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical Substances (GHS); terrorist threats relative to biological, chemical, and radioactive agents; and the latest best practices for the handling and storage of hazardous materials. This new edition continues to emphasize the hazardous materials regulations established by the OSHA, the U.S. D.O.T., and the EPA. Online supplemental teaching materials are available to help instructors and students get the most from their Fire Science course. Resource Central, accessed through, offers instructors online supplemental teaching material, such as test banks and customizable PowerPoint lectures to aid in the classroom. These instructor resources are also available through Pearson's Instructor Resource Center. Students have access to a variety online study aids tailored to their EMS course.

Incl. aspects of the DOT hazardous materials regulations, water-reactive substances, oxidizers, organic compounds etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133146882
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: Hazardous Materials Chemistry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 333,985
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Meyer earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida in 1964.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Instituut voor Kernphysisch Onderzoek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1965.  He served as Professor of Chemistry with tenure at Lewis University, Lockport, Illinois from 1965 to 1979.  He joined the technical staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 in 1979, serving as Regional Expert in the Chemistry of Hazardous Waste and Chief of the Technical Programs Section of the Hazardous Waste Division.  In 1982, he became President of Meyer Environmental Consultants, Inc., where during the course of his work to the present, he consulted with attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice and private law firms or served in the capacity of an expert witness on more than 200 legal matters concerned with the transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances.  He is now retired and lives with his wife in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Unforeseen events occurred in the world since the publication of the third edition of Chemistry of Hazardous Materials. They include the intentional use by terrorists of hazardous materials capable of killing or severely harming large segments of the civilized population. These traumatic incidents have caused emergency responders to address special ways of effectively reducing the impact of a terrorist act. For this reason, in this fourth edition, I introduce the hazardous materials likely to be encountered when terrorists use destructive materials. I identify these materials and the properties that cause them to be hazardous and suggest ways of effectively responding when they are encountered. I also exercise a certain degree of care when discussing them. For obvious reasons, I intentionally avoid reporting on the manners by which they can be produced.

As in earlier editions of this book, I continue to emphasize the hazardous materials regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In this edition, I have updated the regulations to reflect changes that have occurred since publication of the third edition.

I have worked to make this fourth edition more comprehensive and easier for nonscientists to learn and understand. To do so, I crafted performance goals so students are apprised up front of what they should learn in each section. I have also listed the names of chemical substances under each formula in every equation so students can more readily comprehend the relevant chemical change. I also constructed new Solved Exercises and ReviewExercises, and I expanded the glossary to include the definitions of new technical terms and phrases in use by emergency responders.

During the preparation of this book, I have considered the advice of several individuals. For the combination of their comments, I am extremely grateful. Sincerest thanks are due to the following individuals who, despite their heavy responsibilities and workloads, found the time to provide careful reviews and critiques of the entire manuscript or selected chapters thereof: John M. Eversole, Chicago Fire Department (retired), Chicago, Illinois; Gerald LaFlamme, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Chief, Shrewsbury Fire Department, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Jeffrey T. Lindsey, Estero Fire Rescue, Estero, Florida; Chris Hawley, Baltimore County Fire Department, Baltimore, Maryland; Gary Kistner, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas; James F Ross, Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey; and Donald L. Walsh, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago, Illinois. Special thanks are also due to Ms. Katrin Beacom, Senior Editor, and Ms. Kierra Kashickey, Editorial Assistant, Prentice Hall/Brady, for their assistance and input during preparation of the manuscript. A big thank you to the copy editor, Ms. Kristin Landon, and the project manager, Ms. Penny Walker, whose tireless efforts converted the manuscript into this book.

Finally, as with the preceding editions, I extend an extra special thank you to my wife, Phyllis, for her critical review of the manuscript and her support throughout the hours needed to complete this project. Her constant love, never-ending encouragement, and patience have always influenced my writing. To her, I dedicate this fourth edition.

Eugene Meyer

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Features of Matter and Energy

Chapter 3: Flammable Gases and Liquids

Chapter 4: Chemical Forms of Matter

Chapter 5: Principles of Chemical Reactions

Chapter 6: Use of the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations by Emergency Responders

Chapter 7: Chemistry of Some Common Elements

Chapter 8: Chemistry of Some Corrosive Materials

Chapter 9: Chemistry of Some Water-Reactive Substances

Chapter 10: Chemistry of Some Toxic Substances

Chapter 11: Chemistry of Some Oxidizers

Chapter 12: Chemistry of Some Hazardous Organic Compounds I

Chapter 13: Chemistry of Some Hazardous Organic Compounds II

Chapter 14: Chemistry of Some Polymeric Materials

Chapter 15: Chemistry of Some Explosives

Chapter 16: Radioactive Materials

Appendix A: Table of Elements and Atomic Weights

Appendix A: Safety Data Sheet for Hydrogen Peroxide

Appendix B: Table of Elements and Their Atomic Weights

Appendix C: Hazardous Materials Table



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