NBB distributes fire safety materials

By | June 09, 2009
Posted June 9, 2009

Following a fire at a Minnesota biodiesel plant, the National Biodiesel Board reminded the industry that it has long partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to prepare and distribute safety training materials.

The late-May fire at Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster, Minn., occurred in a storage and loading area and did not involve any explosion or injuries or damage the processing areas. "With a flash point of 200 degrees, biodiesel is the safest fuel to handle, store and use," said NBB CEO Joe Jobe. "MnSP is certified as a BQ-9000 producer, the industry's voluntary quality control program, so they were very well prepared to handle any safety issue."

NBB has posted the new "Biodiesel: Response Considerations" safety resource on its Web site (www.biodiesel.org) and is mailing copies to NBB producer members to work with their local fire departments. The IAFC will distribute 2,700 copies to fire departments and at events.

"The Biodiesel Response Considerations training program provides the critical information First Responders and Haz Mat Response Teams need for a safe and competent response," said Captain Steve Hergenreter of Fort Dodge, Iowa. "It includes information on the chemicals involved in production, along with information on the properties of biodiesel. Whether preplanning a facility or responding to one, understanding these chemical and physical properties ensures a response based on facts, science and circumstances."

The materials include training tools, such as a PowerPoint presentation, as well as a video about response considerations. The video is available on NBB's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/nationalbiodiesel. NBB and IAFC developed the materials with the support of a U.S. DOE Grant. Distribution is funded through the soybean checkoff and United Soybean Board.

"Our industry prides itself on a good safety record, and NBB appreciates the leadership and cooperation of the IAFC in developing these materials that will benefit first responders as well as biodiesel producers," said Jobe. "We also applaud fire departments in San Francisco and elsewhere who have led by example by using biodiesel blends to power their own emergency vehicles."

SOURCE: NATIONAL BIODIESEL BOARD
 
 
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