The critical concept of using oxygen reduction technology for fire prevention is addressed in a white paper recently published by the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW).
Oxygen reduction technology for fire prevention has already been successful and accepted by European users and public safety officials for a number of years. Its premise is the concept of reducing the concentration of oxygen within a controlled environment to a degree that prevents fire from starting or spreading but continues to support human life.
After careful examination of its viability and associated costs, this Controlled Environment Fire Prevention white paper concludes that reduced oxygen fire prevention systems will not cause serious occupational hazards for workers and recommends that it become adopted in the United States.
The paper was written by Donald Wiginton, chief executive officer of Wiginton Fire Systems and IACSC-IARW Construction/Codes Committee member; and Peter Clauss, marketing director of the Wagner Group. These IACSC-IARW Construction/Codes Committee members also developed and contributed to the paper:
•Scott Griffin, president, Griffco Designs Build Inc
•Jim Romine, senior director, engineering, Lineage Logistics
•Darrin Sealover, vice-president of Graycor Construction
•Fred Walker, senior vice-president of engineering, Americold Logistics
The white paper went through a peer review process to ensure accuracy and quality, but is not intended to be the “final word” on the subject. As processes and technologies change, IACSC and IARW intend to revise the white paper. Interested parties are encouraged to email comments for consideration at [email protected]
The white paper is available for download free of charge to members of IACSC or IARW. It is also available for sale to non-members. For more details, contact Megan Costello at 703-373-4300 ext 201 or [email protected]