DOT, ATF, and In-Process Classification Testing

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This 1-day course presents the testing protocol associated with classifying propellant, explosives, and pyrotechnics (PEP) for transportation, storage, and facility siting. The course discusses similarities and differences in testing philosophy between these three classification types and provides a basis for understanding of which tests appropriately address the related classification issues. Standard test methods and appropriate interpretation of test results will be reviewed. The approach for development and performance of in-process simulation testing required for facility siting will also be outlined and discussed. The course will then focus on how to apply the various test results to obtaining DOT approval for transportation, ATF approval for storage, or local jurisdiction approval of facility siting. Considerable time will be spent discussing how proper classification of materials and articles can be used to facilitate the right decisions regarding personnel protection, facility/equipment design, and facility siting. This course will prove invaluable for personnel (e.g., management, program managers, project engineers, facility engineers, safety engineers, safety professionals, others) involved in obtaining material/article classifications. At the conclusion of this course the participants will have an understanding of the applicable regulations, the philosophy of classification testing, how to properly apply classification test results to protect personnel and company assets, and the protocol required to obtain approval from the various agencies/jurisdictions.

Course Content:

  • Philosophy of classification testing
  • Overview of applicable DOT, ATF, and Building/Fire Codes
  • Classification test methods and procedures
  • Sensitivity testing
  • Reactivity testing
  • Selection of appropriate tests
  • Standard
  • In-process simulation
  • The role of process hazards analysis in specifying in-process test parameters
  • Steps to obtain DOT and ATF classification of material/articles
  • Facility Siting and Permit approval
  • Quantity Distance
  • Attended vs. unattended operations
  • Inhabited buildings
  • Magazines requirements
  • Engineer controls
  • Barricades
  • Work Station Shielding
  • Code compliance
  • Permit application process