Emergency response plan for boiler explosion with toxic chemical releases at Nan-Kung industrial park in central Taiwan

Tseng, J. M.; Kuo, C. Y.; Liu, M. Y.; Shu, C. M.
November 2008
Process Safety & Environmental Protection: Transactions of the I;Nov2008, Vol. 86 Issue 6, p415
Academic Journal
A large amount of hazardous materials and equipment has been extensively employed to produce useful chemicals for our daily lives, but many serious accidents, such as fires, explosions, toxic releases, and so on, that harm hum an beings and impact the environment have occurred during preparation, operation, and transportation of these chemicals, On 17 May 2007, a toxic release from a boiler explosion in a chemical firm triggered a large amount of xylene (7 ton), isopropanol (8 ton), phosphorus trichloride (44.7 ton), and dimethyl formamide (DMF) (1.37 ton) to he released to the atmosphere with total damages of 2000m² level ground. Through concerted efforts from the Yunlin Emergency Response Information Center (YERIC), sponsored by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of Taiwan and other government sectors, this accident was eventually well controlled after 37 h with 107 people being involved in the rescue action. This study could be applied to lessen the degree of hazard for relevant accidents with an emergency response plan (ERP), and, via Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and photo ionization detector (PID) the toxic concentrations of airborne chemicals that occurred in the industrial area could be analyzed.


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