FIRE HAZARDS OF CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE

"Calcium hypochlorite, 70% available chlorine" is the commercial description of a substance used for purifying water supplies and, in particular, swimming pools. It is sometimes referred to in shipping documents as "bleaching powder". This is a misnomer and can be misleading because the hazardous properties of the two substances are quite different. It is of interest because it has been responsible for a number of fires and explosions in ships. During the last few years there have been some twelve major incidents in ships and many incidents on land about which there are little data. Describes the nature of the incidents, possible couses of fire such as spontaneous ignition by self-heating or contamination and should not be treated as a simple Oxidiying agent. Reviews current research programs interim recommendation and suggested future action with regard to modifying existing IMCO and national codes for carriage of this material.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Transport of Hazardous Cargoes by Sea and Inland Waterways held at Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 1975, consists of about 45 papers (approx. 570 pgs.) and will be available about mid-February 1976 from NTIS.
  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Authors:
    • Clancey, V J
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Coast Guard
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM